Sunday, 1 February 2009

Heavy Weather

There's some cold weather on the way. It is, according to the Beeb, coming all the way from Russia. Nobody's mentioned where in Russia but you can tell they're thinking Siberia. Maybe they don't want to panic the population just yet?

Such weather has of course never happened before. England and Wales are to be the worst affected with accumulations of up to 10 cm expected. 10 CMS!!!! The Welsh will be OK. Their thick skins, developed over the years as protection from the endless slagging by their neighbours, will save them. Our English cousins however, are fucked.

I can't bear to watch so I'll be sticking to the more obscure satellite channels until the glaciers retreat. Probably Thursday. Friday latest.

14 comments:

BG! said...

We'll survive - we'll just have to burn more of your oil.
:-)

BG! said...

FWIW, It started here about an hour ago, after a gloriously warm sunny morning, and it's settling well.

Big Kev said...

I fully expect our lights to dim as what's left of our energy reserves is sucked southwards.

Yooz are doomed. Dooooomed!!!!!!

:o)

BG! said...

It won't be as bad as you fear, Kev, as the supply-line for the stolen oil is terminated just north of Watford. Folks south of there are expected to keep warm by spouting hot air and burning their own bull5h1t. :o)

Big Kev said...

There is nothing North of Watford. Only dragons. Or is that west of Watford?

Mark my words; you'll be glad of that beard afore the weekend's oot :o)

AktoMan said...

Dragons? I hope you're not referring to SWMBO? She's a very nice lady. She's just got a terrible taste in men ;-)

BG! said...

Can't fault you there, Duncan.

ptc* said...

I think there is good reason to be worried. Some of the flakes outside that window are the size of Weetabix.
That could knock a train of its tracks.

Big Kev said...

I've just been up to the wee shop to get milk. It was a mini-adventure :o)

Oh, and it's not snow we're getting, it's an "extreme weather event". Sheesh!

Shuttleworth said...

That's two in two days, first my sister in law, now you. What I'm on about is people that try to make themselves seem younger by giving snow measurements in centimetres. Everyone knows that snow is measured in inches(or feet and inches on a good day) , no matter how metric you are, it's like your height, how tall are you in cm, bet you don't know!!

(I've had all day to ponder this while traipsing though knee high snow in England!!)

BG! said...

Now I'm utterly confused. If the depth of snow is to be conveyed in feet and inches, how did we get to "knee high"?

FFS, at this rate we'll soon be using cubits, picoparsecs or some other such tosh.

IMO, snow depth deserves its own dedicated system of measurement, something sensible that true outdoors folk can relate to (like the original Beaufort Scale), something that can be imposed on the ISO officials with supporting text such as "'ave it, yer bazzas". Maybe this forum is the place to get it sorted?

I'll start the bidding with "1: A light dusting". Anyone care to raise?

Big Kev said...

197cm. Ha!

:o)

2. A soupcon.

Taffy said...

Your summary about the weather is very apt and how true your prediction turned out to be. Snow in Wales is no big deal and frankly we don't get enough of the stuff anymore. When I moved here 21 years ago I could count on several weeks of snow every year, now this is the first decent fall for several years. The plough has just been through for the third time leaving a 3 foot glacier at the end of my path. Snowing again I see. I'll need to go and chop some more wood for the woodstove as supplies are going down rather quick. I measure snow in imperial but being very tall I always quote my height in metric as 1.93 doesn't sound tall at all, as metric still quite flumuxes me.

Big Kev said...

I'm old enough to remember proper winters where snowfall was measured in feet & inches. My old home town on Speyside has had over 2ft in the last week. I want to go back :o)