My Weekly Rant 5 Heavy snow in the UK more snow forecast and freezing temperatures

The snow is back

 Well once again the snow is back in the United Kingdom and the country descends into chaos and this is what forms the subject for this weekly rant!!

Snow has hit us early this year and our wacky weather in the UK just seems to be getting more erratic as the years go by.While the Children of this country love the snow especially if the schools heating gives up the ghost and forces the school to close leaving the kids at home to play and enjoy the snow it causes more problems for parents and the country as a whole.

Now don't be fooled there are places in the UK that have had significant snow fall so far but i believe its the Media that hypes up the snow so much they try to frightened people into not leaving their homes and all of a sudden the whole country grinds to a halt. Of course in a recession this is the last thing we need people out working is what we want so we can try and get out of the economic nightmare we are all in at the moment.

The Media just loves a story about the weather and the snow is no exception but it is beyond the ridiculous when they send out reporters down country lanes and side streets that have not been visited by the trucks salting the roads to make things look more dramatic.Of course people at home see all the snow and think its time to throw a sickie hide under the duvet and call the Boss to say you're snowed in under 10 foot of snow.

The truth of course is that yes side roads are always and always will be worst effected but 200 yards down the road is a main road which Has been salted and is perfectly clear and completely and with care safely passable but this doesn't look as good on the 10 o'clock news does it.

The amount of snow that could keep you at home!!!

Snow and what the media should do

What the media should do when the snow hits is inform us the public when the snow is heading our way and what roads are passable and weather it is safe to drive.We know if what the roads are like down our own streets just by looking out the window.

The Highways agency was caught out badly last year by the snow almost running out of salt to grit the roads.This year though the Highways agency has got 60% more salt stored away than last year and has new trucks that put a brine liquid solution on the roads which is much more effective than just gritting so for the best part most major roads should not be as badly affected so much this year by the snow.

The media however don't want to mention these facts instead prefer to tell us about a ladies Fiat Punto that she cant get out of a side street.

MY OPINION OF THE SNOW

The people of the country can help themselves with a bit of community spirit we can all clear own own drives and the fit and young can help our elderly neighbours by clearing their drives and generally checking on them to see if they are OK.With this community spirit maybe we can get the kids off to school with a few snowballs along the way get off our drives and on to the main roads to get to work and keep this country running and not be defeated by this powdery frozen water.

Advice to be safe in the snow

  • Be safe and try to keep warm in the snow
  • Make sure you take a fully charged mobile phone with you when out on the road
  • Put a blanket a flask and some food just in case you do get stranded in your vehicle
  • Check on elderly neighbours in the snow
  • Try to clear your own driveways
  • Don't believe the urban myth that if you clear your driveway that if someone slips on it you can be sued as this is not the case
  • wrap up warm with hats and scarfs
  • and last of all if it is really bad and you cant get to work then get a sleigh and take the kids out and enjoy it while you can

Why not while we are on the subject of the cold snow why not check out my hub on Frozen the Movie 2010

 

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michael ely 6 years ago from Scotland

Hi SIJ01, I really liked your hub, especially the media's reaction to the weather. I remember watching some news reports last year saying there was a lot of snow and the reporters would be outside, and where they were standing there was just the smallest amount of snow on the street!

Cheers. Michael.


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SIJO1 6 years ago Author

Hey Michael, thanks for reading the hub glad you liked it

Cheers


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Seeker7 6 years ago from Fife, Scotland

Hi,

I'm just up the road north of you in Scotland and what you were saying is correct! You'd think the media hadn't seen snow before??? What puzzles me, well there are a few things but I won't bore you, how the hell do they cope in Sweden, Norway, Finland & Russia etc.. These people have snow for 6 months plus year in and year out and they don't grind to a halt. Today was the second day that no buses turned up at my village, as I don't drive and it's nearly 20 miles to walk, that was me - another pay day deducted off the monthly salary. Yet to me the roads were no worse than they were on Monday and the buses got through? I have to say though that the 'community spirit' is great here, everyone trying to muck in - even the wee bairns off school - and making sure the old folks and disabled folks are okay!

But as to this whole 'snow' thing, it's pathetic! I saw a snow-mobile on E-bay a while back, wish I'd put a bid on it now! Do you need a licence for one of them? Anyway, sorry about the novel but thanks for your hub, really enjoyed it!


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SIJO1 6 years ago Author

Hi Seeker,

Thanks for your comments im glad you enjoyed the read.

Yes im also amazed that once again the government has announced an enquiry as to why we havnt coped with the snow but dosnt this happen every year?I say stop wasting money on enquiries and sort the problem out.You are right other countries do manage and so should we but there is too much of a lets have a day off attitude in this country and i can assure you that all the people who dont turn up for work get paid for the privilaage of sitting at home. I dont get payed so i get off my backside an make my way to work regardless.

One thing you have hit on is that the futher north you go up the united kingdom the better the community spirit is. I work in the south which is bad but live in the midlands which is better and have family in yorkshire which is better still not sure of the reason for this but its just how it seems to be.

Anyway thanks for your comments


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attemptedhumour 6 years ago from Australia

It's snow laughing matter, unless you live in Melbourne of course. Not much snow in our streets, although there are ski resorts between two and a half and four hours drive away. We can have black ice in certain parts of Victoria too.

I don't miss the cold weather one bit but your positive, commonsense attitude towards such a natural occurrence should be spread around the country like strawberry jam. Nice hub, keep stirring.


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SIJO1 6 years ago Author

Hi attemptedhumour,

you were obviously wise enough to get out of the cold UK away from snow and opt for the warmer climate of OZ.My mates is going out there this week to watch the test match and see the new year in.But the snow is not great especially if you work on the building site. Working on site is great in the summer but i wish i had listen a little more at school come winter and the snow!!

Cheers mate


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quicklysilver 5 years ago from wexford, ireland

Yaeh over in Ireland it was the same, we were snowbound for over a week because the govt didn't want to use up too much grit and only wanted to concentrate on motorways, nice people


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SIJO1 5 years ago Author

Hi quicklysilver snow seems to cause a major problem i know and the airports closing should never happen and why is it when the media report on the snow they always show pictures from a few days before when in actual fact the problem isnt as bad as it is

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