It may come as a surprise only to those in the US whom are completely divorced from all media that a pretty significant storm is moving in and down through much of the U.S.
While the Meme Wars will always undoubtedly continue between Northerners gently mocking Southerners about their inability to handle "cold" weather and Southerners gently mocking Northerners about their inability to handle "hot and humid" weather, these sorts of weather events pose significant risks on either end of the spectrum to those who live in locales where their systems and structures are not designed to handle such extremes.
Eaton Rapid Joe, friend of this blog, actually did something about it.
He specifically made a post soliciting such information entitled "Bulletin Board: Tips for Surviving Cold Weather" and opened it up to the InterWeb, specifically asking for recommendations for those that regularly deal with such things for those that do not. What ended up was a list of tricks and techniques to help manage cold weather, especially intruding cold on structures and plumbing not designed for such things.
I note this post as this is a prime example of The Social Internet at its best: People across the country (or world) giving suggestions and information to others, without rancor or mockery or sly suggestions (the mockery can come later, of course). Undoubtedly someone will use something in that series of responses to somehow make them a little more secure in the upcoming bad weather.
Would that there was more Social Internet and less Social Media.