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Where you live, do you hear (or use) the phrase "If you don't like the weather here, just wait a while"?

Asked by rojo (22068points) August 13th, 2014

or a similar phrase with the same meaning.

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livelaughlove21's avatar

I’m not quite sure what the meaning is. Like, “You think this weather is bad? Wait until Summer/Winter.” or “You think it’s hot now. Just wait until August.”?

I live in South Carolina. We have really hot, humid, miserable summers. But I hear people complaint about winter way more often. Oh no, it snows every three years – it’s the end of the world! All businesses shut down as soon as the first snowflake hits the ground, people freak out and forget how to drive, and life is awful until it melts 24 hours later.

KNOWITALL's avatar

Yes, we’re on a plateau & have really changeable weather. A gentle rain can turn black & tornadic quickly.

BeenThereSaidThat's avatar

Where I live no but when visiting family in Florida I hear that expression all the time.

zenvelo's avatar

No, not in the San Francisco Bay Area. We sometimes go weeks without a change in the weather. We had a little rain a couple weeks ago, and people went crazy because it is so rare for rain in the summer.

When I was a child and my family lived in Colombia, the saying was:

“If you can see the mountain, it’s going to rain.
If you can’t see the mountain, it’s raining.”

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

I heard it all the time in Florida, where the weather changes extremely fast. It also applies to life, when things go south.

janbb's avatar

I’m from Jersey. Around here you hear, “If you don’t like the weather, fuggeddiboutut!”

JLeslie's avatar

In Michigan I used to hear it and I understand that the Boston area says it. It really referred to the huge swings in temperature in my opinion.

I live in FL and in the summer we have a storm almost daily, so it is true here if you are talking about the rain or shine, but they don’t say it here. I find it interesting @Espiritus_Corvus hears it all the time in FL.

@zenvelo So true. Bogota was one of the drizziliest places I have been.

Aster's avatar

I sure don’t hear it where I live. The weather is so predictably hot. But when i lived in Colorado I first heard it. Then we moved to Arkansas and when we first arrived a neighbor said to me, “if you don’t like the weather in Arkansas stick around. It’ll change.” My then husband told me, “everybody says that wherever they live.”
So it isn’t said in Texas. But it is very common to hear it in other states and I don’t say it.

ucme's avatar

No, folks round here are more likely to say something along these lines…
“Why ya bugger, it’s hoying it down in stair rods oot there, nuff to freeze the balls off a brass monkey”

kevbo's avatar

My grandpa used to say that in New Mexico it rains by ZIP code.

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

@JLeslie It may be the difference in our demographics. I got so sick of hearing it from sailors and watermen, jesus, I thought I’d shoot the next guy that drawled it out. It’s like that interminable, gawd-awful Buffet music on the beach:

♫♪ “Lay-yitz gee-yit duh-ruuunk en’ skuh-reeeeeeewwwww!” ♫ ♪

Just shoot me. Twice, please, to make sure.

Bill1939's avatar

Here in the Midwest, whether big city or rural town, it is the equivalent to “don’t like the weather, wait a minute.” As though capriciousness was unique to their area.

JLeslie's avatar

@Espiritus_Corvus As I think about it more I think of it in terms of unpredictability in the weather, and FL is for the most part extremely predictable. I almost never check the weather living here. When Hurricane Andrew was coming I didn’t know until my boyfriend (now my husband) asked me if I bought what I needed for the hurricane. It was the day before it was supposed to mak landfall and everyone around me was already shopping and doing all the things. I had no idea.

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

@JLeslie When I restarted sailing, I had a weather radio with an alarm onboard. The damn thing went off twenty times a day, which is a clue as to how the weather can change offshore. I threw the goddamned thing overboard. I never listen to the commercial media now either. I watch the skies, they tell you everything many hours in advance once you learn how to read.

If something really important is coming up, the USCG will put out an alert specific for my area. They are very reliable and rarely over dramatize, unlike commercial broadcast stations, which are the drama queens of the airwaves. If it’s a nearby, small but violent squall, another mariner within it will kindly put out a “Pan-Pan,” which is a preparation alert followed by pertinent info to everyone in the immediate area to standby for a possible Mayday. Pan-Pans are serious business and get the coasties’ —and my—attention. But the sky is the most reliable. Old school here.

JLeslie's avatar

@Espiritus_Corvus I can tell by the skies for the most part too, even from the night before. Red skies and all that. Except for hurricanes coming. It’s true about the calm before the storm, the weather is the most perfect before the storm starts hitting shore with its outer bands. Those bands are telltale though. They have a specific pattern as they pass overhead like you know they are part of a swirling motion, even though they are not turning like a tornado when it is far outside of the eye. Is there a way you can tell a hurricane is coming far in advance?

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

@JLeslie I know. I can sense bad tropical weather days away. There’s a thickness in the air, a stillness and a hue, but it’s not an exact sicence by any means. There are old guys out here that are more exacting. Hurricanes have been taking sailors by surprise since the beginning of time. For the big stuff days away I have satcomms. I’m on the net. Just like everybody else, I can access any weather radar on the globe, pick up local doppler for the smallest shower, check on large shipping in my area at night, and Fluther at will. I also have my own radar which can pick up anythiing weatherwise or in shipping within abut 12 miles. And then I have sonar for fishing and depth confirmation. And then there’s the satcomm EPIRB sensors/transmitters which will put out a Mayday/SOS and give location via satellite as soon as they touch salt water, in case I’m incapacitated for some reason. Each life vest has an automatic, local EPIRB as well, which sends a signal to the first responders when they get within a few kilometers of the scene. It’s pretty hard not to find me if I run into trouble.

Sailing isn’t as mysterious, exciting, or as dangerous as it used to be in that respect, and that’s both a blessing and a shame. You can lose your skills out here if you get too dependent. With all that and programmable auto-pilot, you really don’t have to be much of a sailor to run a 50 footer anymore. And it shows when you pull into a touristy port of call. Billionaire maniacs with big toys and no etiquette. But once again I digress.

Aethelwine's avatar

Yes, I’ve heard this here in Illinois. Wait a few hours and the weather can quickly change. We can easily experience four seasons in one day during our winters.

“If you don’t like the weather in New England now, just wait a few minutes.”― Mark Twain

flip86's avatar

No. In Maine we have two climate types; extremely humid or bitterly cold. There is about 2 months out of the year of in between. October is really the only month with a comfortable temperature. Which is why it’s my favorite.

JLeslie's avatar

@jonsblond That quote is brilliant. That must be why I have that idea about Boston and New England. Not that I knew the quote, but maybe the idea of it and the expression was handed down in that part of the country from the Twain quote.

Aethelwine's avatar

@JLeslie I found a post I made to fb last November.

We received some snow last week and now it’s 69 degrees and we have a tornado watch. Illinois weather is never boring. I like it that way.”

I haven’t forgotten the day I posted this because a tornado destroyed part of Washington, IL, a town 55 miles east of us, just one hour after my post. I have family living near the area, and a tornado touched down just a mile from my sister’s home. Many people lost their homes just one week before Thanksgiving. I also remember seeing this image after the storms.

GracieT's avatar

I live in Ohio, and it’s said often “don’t like the weather here? Just wait a minute and it’ll change!”

jaytkay's avatar

I’ve heard that everywhere I’ve lived except Los Angeles.

deni's avatar

They say that here in Colorado. I think they say it almost everywhere. Not really in Pennsylvania where I’m from—always gray and humid. I guess in Colorado it isn’t unusual for us to get a foot of snow one day and have it be 75 degrees the next, that’s something i wasn’t used to before living here.

AshLeigh's avatar

Tourists: It’s so cold out!
Alaskans: LOL.

rojo's avatar

@AshLeigh I have a friend who, to this day, if you say “It’s cold out” he will reply “Then why don’t you put it back in?”.

AshLeigh's avatar

That is beautiful.

LornaLove's avatar

Ugh! They say that in Scotland it changes every 5 minutes. This is one thing I can’t stand about the place.

downtide's avatar

No. The saying we have around here is “If you can’t see the Pennines (local hills) from here, it’s raining. If you can see them, it’s about to rain.”

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