Texans can handle the heat, but we just never get used to the cold. Here’s why.
1. We’re used to hot weather
When it gets below 80-ish degrees, us Texans get chilly. We spend the majority of our year sweating and avoiding the sun, so when "winter" comes along, we freak out.
2. We don’t own a lot of winter clothing
We may own some shirts with long sleeves and a jacket or two, but really, we are totally unprepared when it comes to COLD weather. When we step outside with the few layers we can scrounge together, all we think about is how cold we are and how ready we are for it to be summer again.
3. We forget how to drive
We really never have to drive around in snow and ice, so when we even see a tiny bit of it, we freak out and cancel school, work, and life. The only way to cure a traffic problem in Texas is to tell people that tomorrow it’s gonna freeze. EVERYONE will stay home.
4. It takes too long for cars to warm up
We can cool a car down in the heat of the summer with the A/C turned to max in no time. During winter, it feels like cars take an eternity to heat up.
5. We’re not good at getting ice off our cars
Scraping ice off of our cars and trucks is a difficult and annoying thing to have to do. Needless to say, the little to no practice we have at it means we have very frustrating mornings because…
6…We don’t have proper tools
We are completely unprepared to face the challenges that freezing weather brings us. Even if we wanted to scrape the ice off our windshield we wouldn’t have the tools to do it.
7. Texas is a red state
I’m not talking about politics either. We’re used to warm weather this time of year. Heck, last year I bought my Christmas tree while wearing shorts. Seeing our state turn blue in December is not a sight I normally enjoy seeing.
8. We’ve been told “it might snow tonight” a thousand times
Every year forecasters tell us that computer models predict snow all around the state. Every year most of those predictions are wrong. We get our hopes up and instead we just get cold wet weather. When it does freeze and snow, we lose our minds.
9. Northerners brag about how much colder it is up there
We don’t care if it is 30 degrees colder in Canada or Oklahoma for that matter. We’re not used to the cold. 40 degrees might as well be -100 degrees. If it’s below 80, we don’t like it. Stop telling us about how much colder it is where you live. We’ll just return the favor when it gets to be 90 degrees in your city and you think that’s “hot”.
10. Literally every Texan complains about the cold
The worst thing about freezing weather in Texas is that ALL Texans complain about it simultaneously. On Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and every other online place imaginable, Texans post about the temperature and how they’re coping. After day one, it gets old and may be worse to live through than the cold itself.