The rain falls hard on a humdrum town

Posted by Ian
 
As I write, the sky outside is pitch black. Thunder is rolling almost continuously, and lightning flashes are streaking across the giant, cavernous clouds. Rain is battering the office windows, washing in great waves down to the ground. Below me I can see hapless punters scurrying for cover or blithely battling through the storm with only a plastic bag for cover.
 
It’s undoubtedly dramatic, and undeniably exciting, but unaccountably disappointing? No. British summers have historically been inconsistent and far from sunny. It’s only because we’ve had a couple of blindingly hot summers of late that people are now talking as if this year has been some sort of appalling anomoly.
 
Let’s get this straight. It’s not. This kind of weather is normal. This is what comes from living in a country with a changeable, temperate climate. People have forgotten how wet British summers can be. Giddy with the memory of temperatures in the mid-high 30 degrees Celsius, the nation has lost its sense of perspective and history.
 
I can remember many summers ripe with rain. I can recall it pouring for 24 hours non-stop in July 2005. Summer 2000 was a washout where I lived. Most of June 1997 unfurled to the backdrop of persistent showers. And so on. In the same way the country seems to go to pieces when a bit of snow falls in – gasp – the winter, so a similar convulsion appears to grip us when a spot of heavy rain arrives in – gasp – the summer.
  
Here at MSN we’ve been caught out. Many of the articles people had planned to write and publish have had to be postponed, perhaps indefinitely. Features on barbeques, gardens, sunglasses, suncream, beachwear, summer drives, summer officewear, summer exercise and even summer gadgets – they’ve all been filed away for another day. Maybe another year.
 
It seems we’ve got lessons to learn. Just because one year boasts the hottest, sunniest summer ever, it doesn’t follow we should draw up our editorial plans for the next year being the same.
 
As a nation we should also be making plans, to ensure the kind of devastation wreaked by the recent flash floods doesn’t become a regular event.
 
Meanwhile let’s calm down, stop being so doom-laden and not use the weather as an excuse for a mass moan. 
     
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8 Responses to The rain falls hard on a humdrum town

  1. Gareth says:

    What nonsense.
     
    It\’s only because we\’ve had a couple of blindingly hot summers of late that people are now talking as if this year has been some sort of appalling anomoly. Let\’s get this straight. It\’s not. This kind of weather is normal.
    At least the writer could have done his research before posting this insulting trash. The MET Office say this:
     
    Mean temperatures generally around 1 deg C above average across the UK, although maximum temperatures across parts of eastern Scotland were over 1 deg C below average. The majority of the UK having well above average rainfall, with rainfall anomalies widely over 300% across Yorkshire, with some areas having their wettest June on record. Sunshine generally below average across the UK, and exceptionally below average across parts of eastern Scotland and NE England, with some areas having their dullest June on record. 
    It\’s a vain hope but if accuracy has any place within MSN Towers look at the detail here:
     
     http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/climate/uk/2007/june.html  
     
    Further, the insensitivity of this latest blog is mind-boggling. I\’m sure the people of Hull, Sheffield and Tenbury Wells, whose lives and homes have been devastated by recent weather would take issue with the blogger when he writes:
     
    In the same way the country seems to go to pieces when a bit of snow falls in – gasp – the winter, so a similar convulsion appears to grip us when a spot of heavy rain arrives in – gasp – the summer
     
    and:
     
    Here at MSN we\’ve been caught out. Many of the articles people had planned to write and publish have had to be postponed, perhaps indefinitely. Features on barbeques, gardens, sunglasses, suncream, beachwear, summer drives, summer officewear, summer exercise and even summer gadgets – they\’ve all been filed away for another day. Maybe another year
     
    Awwww poor darlings! All their banal witterings have been spiked!
     
    The rest of us give three cheers that we will be spared the writer\’s musings on which shades go with which hoody.
     
     
     
     

  2. Gareth says:

    News bulletin on the radio – a distraught young mother who has lost everything, an elderly lady who moved into her cottage just over a month ago and has lost everyting, TWICE! 
     
    This from our witless blogger: Meanwhile let\’s calm down, stop being so doom-laden and not use the weather as an excuse for a mass moan
     
    Oh and look! Top right of the blog page is a one-click poll investigating the existence of a \’North-South divide\’. Irony of ironies considering this blog, though it gives me no pleasure that the south east has suffered equally in the last few days.
     
    Up there on a sunny hillside (within the M25 no doubt) our blogger sits, iPod attached, tunelessly whistling along to Morrisey, blissfully unaware of the big picture.

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