Waiting for the Snow

As I sat and wrote about my new job and Peter Rabbit (two separate posts, in no way linked, even in my imagination) I was expecting snow. It didn’t happen.

We were then supposed to wake up to find we had between four and seven inches of snow this morning. Now that we’re awake, and snowless, the forecast has been modified to show it starting at 7 am. As I sit and type, having dropped Julia off at work, there is still 37 minutes for this prediction to come true.

According to one on-line map we are already under snow. Other sites predict an almost 100% chance of some snow (between two and ten inches) between now and 8 pm with the possibility of disruption, the likelihood of travel problems and the chance of some rural areas being cut off. They further qualify it with “in some places”. Am I alone in finding that a little vague?

Much of the vagueness, of course, comes from journalists trying to sell newspapers. The Met Office is generally quite good at this sort of thing. It is, after all, what they do.

If you live in a country that has proper snow and are wondering what all the fuss is about, look at it this way. If you live in a small town somewhere snowy you probably have more snowploughs, more winter tyres and more snow shoes in town than we have the whole of England. In fact you probably have more snow shoes in your garage than we have in the whole of England. Scotland and Wales, having mountains, take it a bit more seriously and I’m not sure about Northern Ireland. I never think of it as overly snowy, but then again, I do think of it as rainy, and if it’s cold I suppose the rain has to come down as something.

If I was in charge I’d keep us in the European Union and close the country down from December to March while we all went on holiday somewhere warm.



19 thoughts on “Waiting for the Snow

  1. Laurie Graves

    So true! In Maine we are prepared for snow, and we are unfazed by any amount up to a foot. On the other hand, in North Carolina, where my daughter lives, folks panic as the first snowflakes begin to fall. But, they have neither the equipment nor the routine to deal with the white stuff.

  2. derrickjknight

    I once ran nine miles through what, for us, was quite thick snow in order to facilitate a Senior Probation Officers’ support group. I was the only one who got there. They jibbed at paying me. I got half in the end. I know, I was mad πŸ™‚

    1. quercuscommunity

      No, you were just properly brought up. Punctuality is important. I once struggled through snow to a meeting to find the main man hadn’t turned up. I’d driven past his road end to get there! Other people are just slackers Derrick. πŸ™‚


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