You know those times when you look out the window and the weather looks amazing, but when you go outside it's actually really cold?
This happens to me all the time! I'll look outside, think it looks really warm, so I'll go out to run in a T-shirt and shorts. Then once I'm outside, I realize it's much chillier than I thought, or there's a previously undetected wind. But I'm already out there, and it's too much trouble to go back, so I shiver through the first mile until I warm up.
I discovered there's actually a word for this phenomenon! It's Gluggaveður, an Icelandic word that means "window-weather," the kind of weather that is nice to look at, but not experience.
Why don't we have this word (besides not being able to pronounce it)? I could see its usefulness in many situations:
"I didn't run very far today, but it was because of the window-weather."
"It looked so nice out during the meeting and I wished I had gone skiing instead, but I was relieved to see it was just window-weather."
"You better pack more layers for the hike today. Don't be fooled by the window-weather."
As if there weren't enough reasons to love Iceland already!