Every year we experience extreme weather.
It may be hotter, or colder.... wetter, or drier... or more windy with more storm damage... it doesn't matter.
Every year, we get some unusual or extreme weather.
And every year, the eyewitness report is always the same....
"I've lived here ever since ____ and I NEVER remember it being this bad."
There's a good reason for that. In fact, there's more than one reason for that.
Whenever extreme weather strikes, it is usually in a small area, confined in scope and moves through quickly.
It reminds me of a game of skittles. Do you know the game that involves winding up a top and then spinning it at break-neck speed inside a game box filled with doors, small ten pins and arches?
The top (or skittle) whirls like mad, and sometimes passes through every room in the house, knocking over the pins as it goes... but not always.
That's the appeal of the game. Sometimes luck is with you, and sometimes, luck is against you.
It's true in life too. Sometimes the storm comes right over you, and most times, it passes you by.
So on the day when it "gets you", you're likely to say "I've NEVER seen it like this before..."
Also, human memory is fickle, and we tend to forget the details as memory fades. So, the more years between an event and our recollection of it, the less vivid the memory.
And again, "I don't remember it EVER being like this before..."
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