We react to extreme weather like “boiling frog”

Feb 26, 2019, 7:41 AM EST
(Source: DonkeyHotey/flickr)
(Source: DonkeyHotey/flickr)

The “boiling frog” fable is a befitting description of how humans react to extreme weather, oblivious of a lurking danger in their passivity and normalization of nature’s aberrant behavior.

In acknowledging and reacting to extreme weather conditions, the humans mimic the behavior of that hypothetical frog, which when placed in a pot of water, remains indifferent to gradual heating until it is boiled to death, reports Science Daily.

A study skimmed through people’s tweets during the spells of extreme cold and heatwaves and found that it took just five years for them to get accustomed to the extremely anomalous weather.

The “sentimental analysis” of the tweets concluded that although people normalized the extreme weather conditions and stopped talking about it but extreme temperatures continued to make them miserable, writes Earther.