They say that “everything is bigger in Texas” - I guess that includes the severity of their winter weather... right?
As a Midwesterner who has lived through decades of below-zero winters, it is tempting (and honestly fun) to make fun of Texans for not being able to handle their sh*t when the weather gets cold.
HOWEVER, this is beyond common sense: Texas’ infrastructure was literally NOT built for this and - as a result - has left millions without power, heat, water, OR a way to flee to warmer shelter. What’s (almost) worse: This unusual weather has exposed how outdated Texas’ power grid is (which could leave Texans with intermittent power for the next MONTH) and has served as a ?harsh? reminder that Global Warming is real, ignoring it isn’t going to make ~magically~ it go away, AND if we don’t do something about it, we can expect more (and even worse) weather like this. Fun!
DESPITE ALL OF THIS: Humans are incredibly adaptive, and these 17 TikToks prove Texans are trying (and succeeding) at making the best of this severe weather situation:
The weather may be cold, but these Texan hearts are warm:
Even the innovative technologies of Elon Musk couldn’t outsmart Mother Nature
Elon Musk has been real quiet ever since this video came out...
Texans may lack winter weather knowledge, but you know what they don’t lack? Creativity.
... but circling back to the fact that Texans lack winter weather knowledge - PLEASE TEXAS STOP DOING THIS.
THIS CAN (AND WILL) BREAK YOUR WINDSHIELD AND YOUR CAR INSURANCE (and all your Northerner friends) WILL LAUGH AT YOU WHEN YOU TRY TO EXPLAIN WHAT HAPPENED.
“When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” So when freezing temperatures kills your power... use a power drill to make breakfast?
Breakfast of cold weather champions.
THE COPS CAN’T HANDLE THIS- HAHAHAHA
History has shown the police are undertrained to handle a lot of things, and now we can add “winter weather” to that list. Maybe this video will be the thing that gets police training extended to more than six months. ˉ\_(ツ)_/ˉ
Even if this isn’t typical Texas weather - Texas is still Texas.
Is this a video of someone deicing their windshield with a Whataburger order number? It sure is!
Due to capitalism, many Texans still gotta work, and they’re doing their best to make it ?work?
Capitalism is stupid, but people’s resilience (and humor) is not.
Typically snow days are nightmares for adults but a dream come true for kids. HOWEVER - since the snowstorm has caused indefinite power outages, it has become a nightmare for everyone!
hey nOW, hEy nOw, thIS Is WhAT dREaMS ARe mAdE Of
Btw, y’all notice how Texas couldn’t be bothered to shut down for COVID, but was immediately shut down for this severe weather? Weird how that works...
*Screams in contradictions
Days with no heat + non-insulated homes + days of below-freezing temps = EVERYTHING INSIDE AND OUTSIDE FREEZES
THE FISHIES DESERVED BETTER
To conserve energy, Texas electric grid operators have launched rotating blackouts, but there’s something sus about which neighborhoods are (and aren’t) experiencing these blackouts...
The entire white (rich) side of Austin has power except the blacks & Hispanics!The city isn’t doing anything to help US!!Stop moving to Austin! #fyp? original sound - Vanessa Denise
*Racism has entered the chat
Btw, it’s warmer in Alaska than it is in Texas. Let that sink in...
This is probably the first time Alaska has been able to brag about anything.
To prevent pipes from freezing, local governments have asked Texans to drip their faucets, BUT EVEN THAT IS BACKFIRING.
THIS IS NOT RESPECTING THE DRIP KAREN
The cold weather came so suddenly people SCRAMBLED for food
This has major early-pandemic vibes. I hate it.
And has caused hazardous driving conditions
If you are able to stay home, STAY HOME.
But if Texans can survive Hurricanes, Tornados, and just... Texas life in general... they can survive this. We believe in you Texas.
So after watching all of this, you
should probably are wondering: “how can I help!?”
The following Venmos are accepting donations to help ailing Texans struggling with no heat: @feedthepeopledallas (Dallas), @mutalaidhou (Houston), @austinmutualaidhotels (Austin), and @pmgmutualaid (San Antonio).
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