Let’s begin by looking at our cellphones.

(It’s okay, I’ll wait.)

Who has the weather noted on your cellphone’s home screen?

Who looked out the window when they arose from sleep this morning after looking at the weather on your cellphone?

Every day, humans heed weather — or rather, the weather, giving atmospheric conditions importance enough to prepare the day’s clothing and activities. We turn on the radio or television, ask Alexa, glance at the newspaper in print or on a screen, check weather.com, check the cellphone, or ask another person, who likely turns on the radio or television, asks…

Shirley Wajda

Historian, curator, and knitter of the American experience.

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