One contacted me about "what's going on at Newark Airport?" That was even though I am in Connecticut, two states removed from that airport.
Another wanted to know if my car was in a garage or I had to dig it out.
A third needed to find out if my city would be "shipping" the piles of snow to another location.
I had a hunch that it was their character defects operating, not a genuine concern about how I was emotionally and financially (business was off) faring in the inclement weather. What was at work? Schadenfreude or joy at someone else's misery. As we here in New England are between storms, they could back off from their addiction and check out treatment in a 12-step program. If climate change is real, there could be the official formation of a Weather Anonymous.