Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Forecasting the forecasts (Alpine weather)

I was looking forward a couple of days ago to an easy drive down to the Gailtal to pick a side of speck for the larder. The weather forecast was good - above zero and dry. This is what we got;


And it's still falling. A major cause of anxiety was a bulk delivery of wine and beer due this morning; I eyed my remaining stocks of alcohol with trepidation. I needn't have worried; bang on time a 3.5 tonne van in snow chains struggled up from the valley, audible a mile away in the white silence, and I now have enough booze to withstand a siege. And the PTT post van arrived bang on time also, without even a remark about the weather.

The forecasters blame the complexity of the lows over Italy and their lack of super computers. They have issued a new forecast - that the complexities over Italy will simplify over the next few days, and that their own forecasts will be more accurate. 

Hey ho.

7 comments:

mikebravo said...

Must be the right kind of snow over there.

We had severe train cancellations last week in the south east due to the cold. It was about 2°C.

Anonymous said...

Fucking hell, that amount of globull warbling would bring Britain to a standstill. Such an event over here, I couldn't begin to think - a cannot do, won't do, blame the WET OFFICE! nanny nation of moaners and fickle girls bloused city dwellers - country folk would cope because they have to.

Sebastian Weetabix said...

Well, anonytwat, if we got it consistently for 3 or 4 months every year we'd have winter tyres, snow chains, snowploughs, snowblowers etc.
But we don't, do we?

Anonymous said...

(Different Anon) I haven't used my snowchains for 20 years or so, and as it's 3 cars later, I'm not sure they fit! They were still in the car from a trip to Courcheval when they helped me get out of an icy station carpark, to the astonishment of other drivers who had no traction!

Thud said...

My fav ski resort was BKK,great snow,great area,

Weekend Yachtsman said...

@Seb Weet: you're correct, but there is now a pathetic inability to cope, which wasn't there twenty or thirty years ago.

How often, for instance, do you hear that "all" the schools in such-and-such an area are closed "due to the weather"? The weather in question is a bit of a wind, or a tiny fall of snow that doesn't even cover the grass; but no, we're wimps, we're not even going to try.

Anonymous said...

"How often, for instance, do you hear that "all" the schools in such-and-such an area are closed "due to the weather"? The weather in question is a bit of a wind, or a tiny fall of snow that doesn't even cover the grass; but no, we're wimps, we're not even going to try."

That's what I meant, I should have stated it thus.

A nation, the UK that seems to have lost its ability to cope and adapt.


Ambulance chasers and the ruling Femi-Nazis have a lot to do with it, when you are able to shut a school because of a dusting of snow and cancel local buses, trains etc. It is the "can do attitude" which has almost totally disappeared. Therefore, what is going to happen when an event, a situation and something really bad occurs - is the nation just going to sit at home waiting for someone to turn up to make it all go away?
And into this self built vacuum, inertia, uselessness call it what you like, something infinitely worse, will fill it, they're already here and when they commence to run things, if you think it's bad now, just wait a few years.