Aggregated Google search data is an incredible glimpse into the collective psyche. It reflects our hopesour hangovers — our more prurient interests. And, on a day like today, it mirrors our deep and inconsolable anxiety about … the weather.

As of this writing, three of the top 10 trending search terms on Google relate to the “potentially historic” blizzard expected to hit the northeast by early afternoon. In fact, per Google’s trending dashboard, more than 100,000 people have searched for weather.com in the past seven hours, alone.

This struck me as kind of intriguing; you’d assume that searches for the weather forecast would remain pretty consistent, rather like searches for “date” or “time.” (After all, most people check the weather every day — right?) But as Google’s data across multiple weather-related search terms shows, that’s actually not the case at all. History suggests that people tend to search the weather way more right before highly hyped weather events.

I say hyped, and not significant, because the events don’t always pan out that way. Remember the 2013 derecho? Me neither. Contrary to  worrisome forecasts, it didn’t really happen.

That just makes Google’s search data more useful, though: When you put that it on a chart, you basically end up with a timeline of years of occasionally hilarious weather hype. Even better, you may come away with some tentative good news: Contrary the headlines and the Twitter hysteria, it would appear we’ve actually gotten more chill (heh, chill) about the weather as successive storms have passed. In fact, in the past five years, no storm has topped 2010’s “Snowmaggedon” from a purely panicked-Googling perspective — not even Superstorm Sandy or the great southern blizzard of 2011.

That isn’t to say America’s overcome its storm hysteria, though. Also trending on Google this A.M.: “weather nyc” and “school closings.”

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