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The English language can be both concrete and abstract, and the vocabulary reflects that.
It'd be easier to say "the weather is/was very peculiar this year" than to say "it sure rained a lot in July and September and was not very windy in February like it usually is and was very cloudy in October when it normally isn't, and what about that tornado between December and January?" A person doesn't usually remember and recall every little detail throughout an entire year's worth of weather, so s/he just notices some sort of deviation from the regular pattern of weather and makes an abstract generalization.
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