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”Juhannuksena sää saattaa olla lämmin” : Mitä sanomalehtien sääkirjoitukset kertovat suomalaisten suhteesta säähän ja ilmastoon? (2020)
”In midsummer the weather might be warm” : What newspapers tell about the Finns’ relationship to weather and climate?

Huttunen, S. (2020). ”Juhannuksena sää saattaa olla lämmin” : Mitä sanomalehtien sääkirjoitukset kertovat suomalaisten suhteesta säähän ja ilmastoon?. Alue ja ympäristö, 49(1), 3-18. https://doi.org/10.30663/ay.83871

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All authors or editors: Huttunen, Suvi

Journal or series: Alue ja ympäristö

ISSN: 1235-4554

eISSN: 2242-3451

Publication year: 2020

Volume: 49

Issue number: 1

Pages range: 3-18

Publisher: Suunnittelumaantieteen yhdistys

Publication country: Finland

Publication language: Finnish

DOI: https://doi.org/10.30663/ay.83871

Publication open access: Openly available

Publication channel open access: Open Access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/70281


Weather is the medium through which we connect with climate in our everyday activities.
It creates our understanding of the climate and its meanings in particular places. Hence,
there is a rising interest in studying the everyday weather experiences as a means
to understand the ways climate and climate change affect our daily lives, but also as a
means to explain different perceptions on climate change and conflicts over climate
policies. Building on studies related to cultural understanding of climate change, this paper
examines the contexts and ways weather is narrated in newspaper media in Finland. The
analysis is based on weather related news reports on the year of strange weather, 2018,
published in two major Finnish newspapers Helsingin Sanomat and Maaseudun Tulevaisuus,
the former focusing on the capital region and the latter on rural issues. In the newspaper
reports, weather is constantly creating problems and acting against the average (the
climate), but also producing benefits. The rural weather reports emphasise experiential
knowledge and long-term impacts of weather, while the city narratives are more grounded
on meteorological knowledge and dramatise the daily weather. In the context of climate
adaptation, it is useful to better understand the contextual nature of the meaning of weather

Keywords: weather; weather phenomena; meanings (semantics); climate changes; climate policy; journalistic writing; cultural research

Free keywords: weather; cultural climatology; climate change

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Ministry reporting: Yes

Reporting Year: 2020

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