It’s no longer enough to just be cold and miserable during the winter months. These days, we need to be cold and miserable and arguing about what all that cold and misery means.
All weather, after all, now takes place in a changed climate. And all weather also now takes place in a changed, charged political climate, where major policy decisions are being made and debated in the recognition that human activity is altering the planet. And when that weather looks different from what the phrase “global warming” would suggest, things can get ugly.