I’ve often mentioned that we refer to a weather site for our area to get some idea of what is expected so that we can plan and prepare ahead.
Normally, it’s pretty accurate, but the site has been confused this week, so much so that these are some of the headings I’ve read when logging in:
Expect rain Tuesday night through Wednesday.
Snow stops in 2 minutes.
Rain will continue for 112 minutes.
Rain starts in 29 minutes
cloudy, cloudy, sunny, sunny, cloudy, sunny, clear, mostly cloudy, mostly clear.
OK, you would expect this from a site which is hedging their bets, and the weather forecast has always been a bit of a standing joke here in the UK especially since Michael Fish and that hurricane.
However, in order:
Today is Sunday (OK, I’ll let them off for forecasting ahead, it’s what they do afterall)
There was snow on the Malverns on Friday, but today? What snow? No sign of snow anywhere local.
This was two days ago, and it was brilliant sunshine without a cloud in the sky.
Blind panic to take the dog out for a wee, and the rain pelted down six feet after I’d left the cover of the boat. Maybe they calculated it wrong and it was 2.9 minutes.
The ‘cloudy, cloudy, sunny, sunny, cloudy’ quickstep was pretty safe, except we couldn’t see much as it was DARK.
Last night with our frequent trips to and from the loos, we noticed that due to a sudden drop in temperature that was mentioned absolutely nowhere on the weather site, the pontoons were like polished glass. It was dangerously slippery and one of the boaters nearly came a cropper.
This morning we fully expected a heavy frost and perhaps a sprinkling of the white stuff, but no, we awoke to blue skies and white fluffy clouds (but one bitch of a cold wind).
I’m waiting to tune in now and see the simple statement:
It’s raining………………………………. or not.
I still think the most reliable way to read the weather is by pulling back the curtains or opening the back door.