Why is it that some controllers seem to be eager to assist with decision making in regards to thunderstorm avoidance while others brush it off like “its your problem, you deal with it”? It’s always refreshing when you’re coming into the terminal environment and you’re painting crap all over the place, and your check-in controller calmly states “ok, we got some cells blocking the approach corridor, but I’ve got a gap I can get you through to vector you onto the approach”. Ahhh, it’s so refreshing to hear that! Especially when you’re busy trying to differentiate ground clutter from cells. Is it a matter of some controllers not having good equipment, too busy, lack of expertise, don’t care...? Is it a resource we should be expecting to be able to depend on getting information, or do we as pilots have too high of expectations as to the assistance that ATC can provide? I’m not trying to dog any controllers, but I’m just trying to determine what information should be reasonably expected from ATC. My airline doesn’t allow us to use computer WX resources and it seems like every week we get into iffy situations with this weather in the afternoon. I’ve gotten pretty good at using the on-board radar, but I still make mistakes in what I’m seeing from time to time, especially at night when you can’t back it up visually. I do want to say thanks to those controllers who are overly helpful in these situations. It’s a comfortable feeling having a second set of eyes watching out for us!