Green Skies Above: Cultural Identity and Perceptions of the Weather

Shelley Ingram (University of Louisiana, Lafayette)

This paper takes as its focus the connections between regional and cultural identity as it relates to personal experiences with and perceptions of weather events, tracing the theme through the motif of a tornado-predicting “green sky.” The presentation finds that such weather experiences are deeply connected to beliefs about cultural, political, and regional identity. Thus, our physical experiences with or memories of weather can actually be shaped by our lore. This is particularly important when it comes to issues like climate change, as we seek ways to address deeply held convictions.

Part of 04-04 Weatherlore, Part 1: Weather and Belief, Friday, October 14, 8:30 am–10:00 am