“Chappy’s heart rate has slowed WAY down”–TV’s Best Extreme Weather Episodes

As a native Floridian who went to college in Boston, lived in Alaska for a year, and is now kickin’ it in New York, I absolutely live for the drama of a Floridian cold front. Calm down, Florida. It’s sunny in the mid-40s. Alaskans would eat their mittens for that kind of weather. Buy a scarf and a cup of hot coffee, watch these episodes, and tell me if you still think you’ve got it rough.

How I Met Your Mother—4×13—“Three Days of Snow”

I think we all remember where we were the first time we saw Marshall Eriksen show up at the airport with a full marching band to greet his wife (kitchen table, senior year of college, weeping unapologetically into my sandwich). I’ll never hear “Auld Lang Syne” the same way again. This episode has all of HIMYM’s best elements: a crazy timeline, an adorable twist ending, and as much Jason Segel as the heart can take. Marshall and Lily call each other every day to tell each other what they had for lunch. They’re the grown-up version of those kids who held hands on the playground, and I know it’s way past lunch time, but I love them.

three days of snow

Bones—6×16—“The Blackout in the Blizzard”

Submitted by Jen (@NatesMama1128)

When a blizzard causes a blackout and a city-wide power outage, stranding Booth and Brennan in an elevator together, very good things happen. An old lady dresses Sweets in her dead husband’s clothing. A plastic ice cream lamp lights the way. Booth sings the Eagles’ fight song. Brennan wears a sweet hat. The two of them make a lot of physical contact. TJ Thyne cries, Hodgins makes me do that ‘involuntary hand to the heart’ thing that’s usually reserved for Booth, Booth is vulnerable, Brennan explains the difference between strength and imperviousness, I MEAN REALLY—unless you hate crying happy tears all by yourself until the world seems full of promise, there is nothing at all wrong with this episode. “The Blackout in the Blizzard” is Bones at its most optimistic. David Boreanaz should direct more.

"Why is everyone saying hello?"

“Why is everyone saying hello?”

Friends—10×12—“The One with Phoebe’s Wedding”

Submitted by Jen (@NatesMama1128)

You don’t marry a man with Paul Rudd’s face every day, so you’d better make it special—like ‘impromptu outdoor wedding in the snow’ special. A blizzard hits New York, so Phoebe and Mike get married in the street in the most perfectly eccentric wedding ever planned by Monica’s headset. They play “Here, There and Everywhere” on steel drums, y’all! Everyone comes together to make this wedding happen: Joey officiates, Chandler walks Phoebe down the aisle, Ross carries a dog, Rachel offers emotional support, Phoebe is her own something blue, and Monica unleashes the Crazy Bitch within. Bitches get stuff done.

phoebe's wedding

Chappy’s heart rate has slowed WAY down, so let’s warm it up now, shall we?

 The Finder—1×07—“Eye of the Storm”

I like my TV like I like my Florida: weird. The Finder is both weird AND set in Florida, and while it isn’t always on its game, it at least has game in there somewhere (I can tell because the opening credits are seriously fun). In “Eye of the Storm,” Looking Glass Key is battered by Hurricane Catherine. Cue Walter flailing against the wind in a poncho yelling, “I NEVER LIKED YOU, CATHERINE!” He braves the weather to find a missing Greendale High School student (deliberate Community homage: 50 points to Gryffindor), and the entire team gets pulled into the investigation. If this show involved more human internet-ing, would it still have been canceled?

Also, someone in the background is wearing a wedding dress the entire time and it never gets mentioned. This show, you guys. It is so weird.

the finder

The X-Files—6×08—“The Rain King”

Submitted by Sage from Head Over Feels

I’ll just let Sage take it from here.

“My pick would be the 6th season X-Files episode ‘The Rain King.’ It’s one of the more light-hearted episodes of the series. Mulder and Scully travel to a small town in Texas to investigate some strange weather events. Heart-shaped hail, cows picked up by twisters, etc. Everything is happening around a no-good shyster named Daryl Mootz who calls himself ‘The Rain King’ and claims he can end the drought that’s plagued the town. For a fee, of course. It turns out though, that the weather is actually affected by the inner feelings of town meteorologist Holman Hardt, who’s been harboring a secret crush on Daryl’s ex-girlfriend Sheila for years. It’s an incredibly sweet episode of a creepy series. And it’s always fun to see how normal people react to and interpret Mulder and Scully’s relationship. As an avid M/S shipper, my favorite part is when Scully is having a heart-to-heart with Sheila about Holman, who she swears she only sees as a friend.

‘Well, it seems to me that the best relationships – the ones that last – are frequently the ones that are rooted in friendship. You know, one day you look at the person and you see something more than you did the night before. Like a switch has been flicked somewhere. And the person who was just a friend is… suddenly the only person you can ever imagine yourself with.’

I’m reaaaaaaal sure you’re just talking about Holman there, Scully. Very, very convinced.”

gaze at scully

Mulder: equally convincing.

There’s a reason kissing in the rain is a cliché. STORMS ARE HOT. Storms strand people together and make them get real with each other. So what are your favorite extreme weather episodes? Share your thoughts! And always remember: you don’t actually have weather problems until a cow drops on your roof.


  1. How timely as various parts of Kansas buckle down for a foot+ of snow! 🙂 I’m resolved to not watch anymore non-new TV until I’ve finished the post I’ve been not working on for more than a week, but when that’s done, this is just about enough to make me want to start working Bones back into the rotation. Because awwww.

    (And I love that Friends episode, and think I maybe kind of remember that HIMYM ep.)

    1. I know what you mean! There’s just so much good new TV out there (and so many posts to write), but when I have time to rewatch a “not-new” episode, Bones is my go-to 🙂

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