Wetterschadenfreude

weather radar

The Northeast weather radar from Tuesday morning.

There's been some talk lately that this winter is a bad one. But, really, it's probably more a case of the last two winters being kind of light on snow -- and as a result, we've forgotten what winter in the Northeast is like.

Still, there is some satisfaction in seeing a winter weather system just skim past our area. Is there a word for that? Wetterschadenfreude?

image: National Weather Service

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This winter has been pretty bad, but it's still far from the wurst.

Who said this winter is a bad one? It's an average one. I recall the 70s as a child, opening the front door and seeing a white wall of snow that my dad had to tunnel through to get us out (snow drifts had pushed the snow up against the house.) I remember my mother getting driven to her nursing job at the hospital by policemen who had chains on their tires, because dad's winter tires were useless. I remember winter tires. I remember the Air National Guard in Scotia doing emergency airlifts to Buffalo in their ski equipped planes because the Thruway was blocked. Heck yeah, I'd say it's been worse.

OK, this was too good to leave in obscurity, so I've gone ahead and successfully submitted this to Urban Dictionary. "Wetterschadenfreude" is now (sort of) officially a word:

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Wetterschadenfreude

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