Climate change? In New York?

According to a news report on WGBH television last week, Buffalo got as much snow in four days as it normally gets in an entire winter.

Why do we care?

Well, two reasons, really:

1. Schadenfreude. That, you might know, is a charming German word defined, in English, as pleasure derived from the misfortune of others. Well … yes. It isn’t that we want something terrible to happen to Buffalo or its citizens, it’s just one of those, “Whew. There but for the grace of … etc.” moments that we call can appreciate.

2. Climate change? What climate change?

Oh, the WGBH news report was followed about an hour later by a “Nature” special on killer whales that are moving further into the Arctic because the ice is melting.

Climate change? Nah.