Now that we’ve had our first snowstorm of the season, I figured it would be a good time to tee up this one from Oct. 1, 2016, even though I know winter doesn’t officially start for another couple weeks.
There is a — I don’t want to call it a “lie” or a “fraud,” because that implies intent, so I’ll call it a “myth” — being spread. Perhaps you’ve done it yourself.
What is this myth?
It’s that living in a place with “four seasons” is in some way superior to having weather that’s pretty much good year-round, such as Southern California.
Don’t believe me? Let’s take a look at the four seasons in the Northeast, where I live outside of Boston.
Winter — Sucks. And when it doesn’t suck, you live wondering when it’s going to suck again, because you’re sure it’s going to. Winter is also the prime season for the TV meteorologist-industrial complex, where entire broadcasts can be turned into hype for major storms if there’s even a change of snow.
Winter also means bundling up, scraping off cars, heating bills, cleaning up when it does snow and always worrying about ice.
Spring — I had a relative who could be a bit of a buzzkill, including saying every year that spring’s arrival didn’t mean the weather was going to get better overnight.
Unfortunately, he was right. Spring weather can be quite lovely … provided you’re willing to wait until May for it. Even if snow doesn’t hang around, it’s often gloomy, rainy and dank. There’s nothing like rain and 40-degree weather on Opening Day of the baseball season.
Summer — Summer is good. Sure, sometimes it gets beastly hot, but give me air conditioning and cool drinks any time.
Fall — Fall isn’t too bad. The weather is usually pretty decent once summer wears off, but in the back of your mind, you know what’s coming.
Winter, and winter sucks.
Meanwhile, in Los Angeles, December and January are the coldest months of the year, with average highs around 68.
I’m sure it makes people thin-blooded after a while, where they’re wearing sweatshirts in 70-degree weather, but they’re not digging out cars, either.
Granted, there are plenty of reasons not to want to live in L.A.: earthquakes, wildfires, a years-long drought, how expensive everything is and traffic, just to start.
But “not having four seasons” is definitely not one of them.