URBAN LEGEND HAS IT THAT SPIES COMING TO BRITAIN ARE TAUGHT TO TALK ABOUT THE WEATHER AT EVERY POSSIBLE OPPORTUNITY IN ORDER TO BLEND IN. AND YES, WE ARE (PROBABLY) A LITTLE OBSESSED; CHANCES ARE WE’VE ALL HAD A RATHER IN DEPTH DISCUSSION ABOUT THE WEATHER RECENTLY.
Well there’s even more to talk about at the moment because what has always been changeable has, over the past few years, become downright unpredictable — sufficiently so to tickle scientific interest.
Leading scientists and meteorologists met recently to discuss the UK’s unusual weather patterns to try to determine whether natural variation or climate change is the culprit, or a combination of factors.
Ideally the climate experts would be able to pin down what’s behind our unpredictable weather so that, if it’s within our control, we could start doing something about it. Given a choice, no one wants a repeat of 2010’s icy winter, the washout summer of 2012 or this spring either, the coldest since 1962.
Is it a British thing again — to want to know where you stand? Would it be better if we knew that climate change was making our winters colder and our summers wetter? Of course we’d still talk about it, but we’d be able to plan accordingly.
We like consistency. We like to know that Wimbledon’s centre court has a roof because it’ll rain in early July. We like to know that we can give comedy Christmas jumpers and that it’ll be cold enough for the recipient to have to put it on. We like to know that as soon as the children go back to school in September the most glorious Indian summer will kick in.
Consistency helps you plan. Consistency is reassuring. Consistency is an honorary British institution. Getting what you expect, every time. We value it. Do you?