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Weather making you angry? There's a hotline for that


Caroline Floyd
Meteorologist

Thursday, March 31, 2016, 1:47 PM - We all know Canadians like to talk about the weather, and apparently we're not alone. A hotline for weather complaints in Australia is drawing the attention of annoyed Aussies across the country.

The hotline, known as The Weather Vent, is the brainchild of Sydney-based artist Angela Garrick, who took out newspaper ads and hung posters advertising a "professional service" inviting people to phone in and vent their frustrations with the weather, and the response was overwhelming.

Speaking to ABC, Garrick said she loves to talk about the weather and wasn't surprised other Australians felt the same way. "I feel like in this day and age we're always having to perfect our lives and make them as perfect as possible but there's just some factors that we can't control, and [the weather] is one of them," she said.


The project collected a wide range of calls over its initial several month run, ranging from travellers complaining about the cold and rain to one man who was distraught because the heat melted his bicycle. "The act of 'venting' is cathartic and psychologically beneficial for the participant," the artist said to Australian art journal Runway. "Amongst our everyday frustrations with weather and other such banal issues, lies the looming spectre of this unknown power and potential for crisis within both the natural and civilized world."

The results of the months-long experiment were displayed at Sydney's SafARI art festival earlier this month. Garrick plans to leave the hotline open indefinitely.

Canadian weather gives us plenty to complain about, and while we may not have a hotline, here's your chance to get it off your chest. Leave us a comment or tweet @weathernetwork with your #honestweather thoughts and let us know - What's annoying you about the weather today, Canada? 

Sources: ABC | Runway | Mashable

Watch: Need inspiration for your weather complaints? Let comedian Ron James give you some ideas.

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