We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
If a kid's baseball game gets rained out he'll complain. Can't recall a youngster ever complaining about snow. Snow is YIPEEE! stuff.
Re: parking one's wipers in the air... as mentioned it is useful to help keep the wiper blades from freezing to the windshield. It is also useful to make sweeping even light snow off the windshield and cowling. Drive to work, snowing, warm car, put them up. Then I don't need to spend 60 seconds or so breaking them free from the windshield and picking the ice off of them. Same with the drive home. It is very easy to park them so why would I spend the time and effort to analyze the type and ferocity of the storm. Just put the darned things up.
I probably wouldn't leave them like that on a city street because of the invitation to vandals but in the parking lot at work and in my driveway I have no such concern.
Now, when it comes to weather and other news people warning that exposed skin will freeze in mere minutes when the temps are in the single digits and there's a brisk breeze, that's got something to do with the wimpification of the nation. What people do with their windshield wipers in a snow or ice storm does not.
Perry has asked that question about wipers before, so this is disingenuous on his part.
What it's for is obvious. And frozen windshield wipers can do more than just tear the blades, it is possible to damage the wiper mechanism.
Anyway, they don't do it in MN b/c their weather doesn't often generate freezing rain. Even having grown up in N. Ohio and Chicago area, I was stunned at this evil phenomenon, as the rain comes down wet and then freezes on your car.
I have seen cars completely glazed over at times. Takes some effort to get the key in the door lock (not so crucial these days) and even more effort to get the frozen door open.
I can be a bit wimpy with regards to cold weather, but I am flabbergasted what people north of the Gulf Coast consider to be hot and humid! I almost laugh out loud when somebody complains. Compare any heat and humidity with New Orleans or Houston in August. There are surely hotter more humid places, but that is real heat and humidity!
"It's not "childish." I've never heard a kid complain about weather."
Nor do you hear farmers complain about snow (free fertilizer) or extreme cold (kills off bugs) and allows the fields/trees/crops to "rest". (some crops even benefit by frost/hard freeze)
personal experience, the ones who whine and cry the loudest about the weather are those that don't have to work out in it daily with the inconveniences of frozen waterers, moving hay/feed/livestock on icy, snow covered areas,
The majority of society are narcissistic whiney cry babies, where victim status is your platform and obstacles and hurdles are not challenges to overcome, but excuses to not even try.