Editorial: Dave Hayes' weather eye

Monday, February 10, 2014
We checked out Dave Hayes’ Facebook page, “Dave Hayes The Weather Nut,” during the midweek snowstorm and it got us thinking about that old saying, “Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.”

His Facebook page certainly refutes that pithy adage. A recent Gazette story tracked Hayes’ own path to local fame and glory. He has thousands of followers and faithful readers of his ongoing weather updates for the Valley.

Here are just a few of his Facebook comments from Wednesday’s storm:

• “6.25 inches in Deerfield at 10am and snowing a little heavier.”

• “The back edge of the initial bout of snow is approaching Berkshire County, so it should lighten up by around 11am.”

• “We will see intermittent snow for the rest of the day, as it is more patchy out through NY and PA.”

• “We’ll still get some additional accumulation, which will vary in places.”

Reading these frequent weather postings can be mildly addictive, like eating just one more spoonful of ice cream. And there are even sprinkles on top as readers weigh in with their own observations and comments.

This is one of the strengths of social media. As Hayes is quoted in the Gazette article, “There’s a real sense of community on the page ... people will start interacting with each other more.”

We’re all for people interacting with each other more. It’s part of the social contract. A strong community is an interactive community. Whether it’s at your local coffee shop, mechanic’s garage, classroom or website. Connect to each other, people.

Being an area that is well-connected, the Valley supports all sorts of blogs on various topics where people can join this sense of community. Just check out the link, pioneervalley.localgreenie.org/blogs. You’ll find all sorts of topics to whet your appetite. Here’s just one that we find rather amusing: “In the Can: Exploring the Valley one public restroom at a time.”

And talking about community, remember that quote at the beginning, “Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it?” It is credited to one Charles Dudley Warner.

Warner was a friend of Mark Twain’s and it turns out he was born in Plainfield, and lived in Charlemont in his youth.

Just goes to prove that everything is connected.