1. Seeking weather/climate information from multiple media and electronic sources. 2. Observing and noting atmospheric conditions directly (i. e., in person). 3. Effects of weather (and changes in the weather) on mood state. 4. Psychological attachment to particular weather/climate conditions. 5. Need to observe or experience changes/variety in weather and climate. 6. Seeking weather information during the possibility of a weather-related holiday. 7. Effects of weather (and weather changes) on activities of daily life (e. g., work, travel).
Research using the undergraduate sample suggested that weather salience was related to: 1. possessing a sense of personal identity rooted in the natural environment, 2. willingness to spend money to consume atmospheric-friendly products to mitigate global warming, 3. ability to accurately distinguish between weather watches and warnings (for men), and 4. the use of thermometers to check weather conditions.
A noteworthy shortcoming of the existing research with the WxSQ is that it has employed a sample of limited demography (i. e., university undergraduates from the southeastern United States).
In the present project, the authors will report on the results obtained from administering the WxSQ to random sample of United States residents. This data will be gathered in the fall of 2006. The national sample will allow: 1. an assessment of the WxSQ's performance with a demographically, geographically, and climatologically diverse sample, 2. comparison of weather salience facets across the two samples (i. e., national vs. undergraduates), 3. an examination of how aspects of weather salience relate to people's prior weather experiences, and 4. an examination of the relationship of weather salience to conditions of uncertainty associated with weather and climate.