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June 21st, 2012
03:05 PM ET

Only In America: America's obsession with the weather

On Wednesday's "Only in America" segment on "Piers Morgan Tonight," Morgan addressed America's obsession with the weather.

"Atmospheric conditions are not exclusive to this country. But what seems to be unique to America is the quite extraordinary obsession over them," remarked a perplexed Morgan.

Responding to weatherman Al Roker's "biblical" forecast earlier in the morning on the "Today" show, Morgan joked, "Al, you are scaring me! Next thing you'll tell me is that it may get even hotter in July!"

"Let me simplify things for everyone," offered Morgan. "In the summer, it's hot, in the winter, it's cold, and in between you're going to get rain, clouds, and the odd tornado. The weather's been like that in America for longer than America's existed. It's not 'news' – it's just a fact. So calm down, and carry on."

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  1. Adam

    Yeah, right. It almost hit 30 in the UK, and the papers were filled with stories of the massive heat wave. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/topics/weather/9285122/Britain-to-nudge-30C-as-heatwave-sparks-rush-to-the-beach.html

    June 21, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Ben

    Piers, People die, people are killed. This has been happening since before any country has existed. Should we stop reporting on that too?

    June 21, 2012 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • DAVEK

      that's a great comment....Weather dictates our lifestyles, our actions and probably the political landscape at times. It's impact cannot be underestimated.

      June 23, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. M.S Patient

    Did Zack try the liberation treatment of Dr. Paolo Zamboni.? They have clinic in Buffalo, NY. It is not autoimmune problem, but narrowing or twisting veins in neck or chest see the interview here

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    June 21, 2012 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. ofhbvowehbv

    If the weather doesn't matter, then why are there meteorologists? Piers, the weather probably matters more, and effects more people, than any of your interviews. This reporting on the weather, is not, "Only in America" either. In India, during the months of March through about May or June, the weather is unbearably hot, and goes to 50 + degrees Celcius sometimes. This happens every year, yet the media is full of stories about how the temperatures are the highest in the year. This would be normal considering that it was summer, but it is still important for people to know. Or at least more important than "your exclusive interview with" someone that most people have never heard about.

    June 22, 2012 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. jcsprenger

    weather is only germaine to news when it deviates severely from the norm, otherwise just give us the gist, in 20 seconds, and shut up

    June 22, 2012 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Bill-n-Florida

    I have lived in various locations here and abroad. I have been through 7 or 8 Hurricanes, Massive North Dakota Blizzards with temperatures reaching to 90* below zero, Summer Sandstorms etc. Then there are places like; St. Louis or Arizona. North & South America lies between two great Oceans. We are not like Europe or Asia with giant land masses. Living here in Florida, one pays attention to the weather, stays alert & prepared for such things as the current tropical depression in the Gulf. If not you might end up dead from Mother Nature. I invite you to spend a few days in some good old Florida thunderstorms. Rain drops can get to the size of Quarters, not to mention lightening. Piers, love your shows but have to disagree here about the US-Weather

    June 23, 2012 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Jim

    Oh Piers... it isn't about the weather. It's about not being a statistic of one. And better planning. Is your current lifestyle so sequestered (inside your home to inside a car to inside a studio) that weather isn't that important to you? Try getting out for real sometime... take a vacation. Enjoy :)

    June 24, 2012 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Iceal Hambleton

    The weather is fascinating. No two days are ever alike. The wonder of Mother Nature is always changing and the weather is a large part of all that.

    June 25, 2012 at 12:39 am | Report abuse | Reply
  9. cartoonasaur

    Weather kills. It affects commutes. Also, the most violent kind of storms are tornados. And which country is the KING of tornados? The United States of America, of course...

    June 25, 2012 at 2:33 am | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Darrell

    LOL This guy is obviously getting some ectra handies under the table for saying this. Each summer the past 5 years we break record after record. Has nothing to do with global warming but instead of planet X.

    June 25, 2012 at 3:38 am | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Jeff

    The powers that be at CNN made a BAD BAD error in judgement when they let Larry King go and traded down for this pompus clown who cant interview, ruined the coverage of the Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee to the point that his co-hosts were complaining about him on air, and now this BRIT fancies himself as some kind of expert on Americans and American culture. Someone should sit down and explain just how very important it is to know what is going on with the weather to this hack, making sure to speak calmly and slowly using very simple words. sprinkled with just enough British terms or slang to make sure he gets the point.

    June 25, 2012 at 5:27 am | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Kissas

    At least I haven't heard about global warming, because I thought they are going to blame on Americans again or Europeans.

    June 25, 2012 at 6:04 am | Report abuse | Reply

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