I’ve lived in contrasting weather regions in the US. I’ve lived in the midwest and in upstate New York, where I have seen long, cold winters with over one hundred inches of snow. I’ve lived in the south in areas that are impacted substantially by hurricane conditions. Heat extremes, cold extremes, snow extremes, rain extremes, wind extremes and humidity extremes have all been part of my experience with the weather.
In the midwest, when there were tornado warnings, we all moved to the basement. In the south, when the hurricane is approaching, you just move north. And in the snow country, you wear extra clothes, get good with a shovel, and keep an eye on the roads for ice.
Each type of weather, even a beautiful sunny day, requires some extra precaution. Sometimes that precaution is in the form of something you wear, like gloves or sunglasses. Other times it involves specific actions, like boarding up the house or putting chains on your wheels to get through a snowy area.
Taking precautions takes time. But not too much. Just a simple inventory of a situation can make all the difference in your ability to successfully manage any risk. Drive slower in heavy rain. Wear sunscreen if you are going to be outside on a sunny day. Use your legs to lift that heavy snow shovel, not your back.
Sometimes the only thing between you and an injury is your willingness to think it through. Ask yourself what risks are at hand, and what you can do to minimize the impact of each one.
Do you consider the weather just to see if tomorrow will be good or bad, or does it impact the way you act each day?
As always, lets be careful out there.