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The Weather is a National Obsession

Updated on January 24, 2021
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Michael is interested in life's little oddities and finds writing helps him to understand the world around him.

Why weather changes in the British Isles

It is often said, that the funny thing about Britain, is that we don't really have a climate as such. We have weather.

A climate is defined as:-

1 The weather conditions prevailing in an area in general or over a long period.

2 A region with particular prevailing weather conditions'. source:-Wikipedia.

Some people live in the tropics, others live in rain forests or deserts. The British live in what can only be described as a changeable environment. It is our national pastime and obsession to talk about it incessantly. 'What's the weather looking like for tomorrow'? is a common question, and so very difficult to answer, because of our location on the planet, makes it so changeable.

You could say we are a nation obsessed with the weather. In fact it is the topic of a least 3 conversations daily.

Storm Christoph Hits Cambridgeshire 23rd Jan 2021

Changes in the Weather

The Village under snow. Long range weather UK failed again.
The Village under snow. Long range weather UK failed again. | Source

Weather obsessed

The UK seasons are dominated by our location on the planet, near the top of the northern hemisphere.

We do have four distinct seasons, but these do seem to change position on the calendar occasionally. We can have freezing rain in the middle of summer.

The British Isles, are in the right spot for extraordinary weather events. From the almost tropical beaches of the Channel Islands, to the snow covered peaks, that allow you to Ski in Scotland. There is weather to suit everyone's taste.

The BBC radio weather forecast for shipping is always a hoot. When you are a landlubber.

'Dogger Bank Gale force 5 rising to 7. German Bite Squalls leading to howling winds!'

Where are these places and who cares? Well the fishermen in the North Sea for one care, and they may just get a chance to sail for a safe harbour if they get the warnings in time.

Jet Stream Map

The Jet Stream Map showing it directly over Britain. When it shifts south we get very cold weather from The North Pole
The Jet Stream Map showing it directly over Britain. When it shifts south we get very cold weather from The North Pole | Source

Weather changes

Flooding is becoming more common in Britain.
Flooding is becoming more common in Britain. | Source

British Isle in the [British Isles]

Mainland Britain, is just one British Isle, in a group of 6000 islands, in an [archipelago] in north-western Europe. The biggest islands are, Britain and Ireland.

With the outer Hebrides to the north of Scotland, to the Channel Islands* in the extreme south, off the coast of France. (*although geographically not part of the [archipelago], it is definitely British)

Some of these British isles are little more than the stubby peaks of undersea mountains and are just a few yards across, whilst others like the Isle of Man are big enough to support their own populations, and even their own governments.

Collectively this archipelago, is the British Isles. As islanders we have lived off and from the sea for thousands of years. This may explain why we are so obsessed with the weather. If you are making your living on such a changeable elemental force as the sea, you are going to be interested in the weather.

Whilst it is true that most of us no longer make our living from the sea. The obsession persists and we still have to make a living. We need to get around and when the weather stops us doing that we get very irritated.

In the Country that Invented Railways

We have a railway system that is second to none (mostly) in the world and yet every year with clockwork precision; a leaf will fall onto the railway line and the whole system comes to a dead halt.

The British then go into their annual mantra:-

'what is the matter with this country, why can't we sort these things out once and for all. We are sick of hearing that the wrong kind of snow has fallen and that the roads are impassable' Source:- Joe & Josephine Public.

And two days later, when it has all thawed and the leaves have been swept away. We all go back to our normal routines and forget about the whole thing, until next year. When it all starts again.

UK Seasons affected by location. Near the top of the Northern Hemispere

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[Archipelago] of The British Isles

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Is the Weather Changing

Now I can see the sense of not spending huge amounts of money on snow clearing equipment that is going to be used at best, for just a couple of days in the year.

Financially and from a business perspective this is a very wasteful use of resources? So we don't and every year we have the same results. Chaos!

When someone somewhere finally sits down and adds up how much money has been lost due to people not being able to get to work, or the number of flights cancelled daily.

Not to mention the loss of life and the cost to insurers (and us) for smashed up vehicles. Maybe things will change? I doubt it though. It is such a great conversation starter.

There is a saying here. 'If you don't like the weather, stick around'!

Our location on the planet, means that we are in a quite unique position to get our weather from several different directions all at once. It leads to some peculiar weather events.

We get the biting Northern Siberian Wind from the Arctic Circle that flies across the flat fenland of East Anglia and freezes everything in it's path.

The warm sea and air from the equator is delivered to our shores courtesy of the North Atlantic Drift conveyor current. This raises the temperature to around 11 °C (20 °F)*

Torquay weather

We have palm trees growing in Cornwall (think Fawlty Towers) Torquay, is the British equivalent to the French Riviera.

These two main air currents. Cold air from the North and warm air from the equator hit landfall just where the British Isles are located.

Add to this mix the 450 km per hour jet stream that also crosses Britain and you have all the makings of a first rate weather cocktail.

Hurricanes are very common in Britain, although most people do not notice them, as they rarely make landfall. But when they do, they make a real mess. Check out the video below. We have even had snow in London on a summers day.

It seems every year that we get caught out with the snow. Why is that?

Considering that we live in more or less the same region as Norway and Sweden and that they have huge snowfalls every year. We seem to get off fairly lightly and consequently we do not invest in the right equipment to deal with heavy snow when it does come.

When the snow falls the airports close, trains grind to a halt and the roads become a skating rink. The great thing about the British driver is that they believe, that as long as they are tucked up nicely in their warm cars and trucks, that everything is fine.

They still barrel along the roads as if there is no danger. When they crash as they often do, they look bemused into the cameras of the news crews that have been sitting waiting to catch the idiots on film, for our entertainment.

A policeman will give the annual warning. 'If your car journey is not essential then please stay off the roads!'

While In the background of the camera shot, people are picking up there kids from school in huge off road vehicles? Statistically and as a matter of government policy, British children live or are supposed to live within a 5 -10 minute walk from their school. Do they really need to be picked up by car.

Winter snow in Cambridgeshire, England

Bigfoot? | Source
Mysterious Footprints
Mysterious Footprints | Source
Flocking Birds
Flocking Birds | Source
The flat featureless landscape of East Anglia
The flat featureless landscape of East Anglia | Source
Fenlands winter weather is cold as it gets the Siberian wind from Europe
Fenlands winter weather is cold as it gets the Siberian wind from Europe | Source
UK Seasons
UK Seasons | Source
UK Winter Snow
UK Winter Snow | Source

Changeable weather to continue

Climate change seems to be on everyone's mind. In Britain it is quite a hot topic as it appears that if global warming continues. Britain will have warmer weather.

Climate is the average weather that has happened over the last 30 year period. In reality Britain's 'climate' is moderate. Good for growing crops and livestock.

The extremes are so rare that when we do have extreme heat or cold we cannot cope with it.

When the sun comes out everyone strips off and immediately get sun burnt. They walk around looking like burns victims. Which is in fact, what they are.

'There is no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong clothing'.

Attrib:- Billy Connolly.

Britain's weather is set to remain changeable into the future, unless the world stops spinning.

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Changeable Weather Survival Advice

So what is the best thing to do if you get caught in unpredictable weather. Your survival skills are obvious.

If It's cold and wet wrap up warm and avoid unnecessary travel. Stay Indoors and put on extra layers of clothing rather than cranking up the heating. Make sure you have plenty of non perishable foodstuff. Canned goods, rice, pasta etc. Long life milk.

Mountain Safety and Survival

These cold snaps do not usually last long in the UK. Sometimes however they can last for a few weeks.

Be prepared and stock up on things that you may need. Get some candles in case of power failures. If you decide to try your hand at mountaineering, make sure you tell someone where you are going, and when to expect you back.

Many people get caught out every year, in Britain's mountain regions, as the weather can change very rapidly. The strong wind chill factor can make temperatures plummet in minutes. The wind can turn what was a pleasant walk in the sunshine into a battle for survival in sub zero conditions.

People just do not think that the weather can be so deadly in Britain. It can and you should be properly prepared if you want to visit the mountains

Alternatively in strong sunshine wear sunscreen factor 50 at least. Wear a hat and avoid going out in direct sunlight during 11am to 3 pm while the sun is at it's zenith.

In Britain, as soon as the sun comes out, many people are so desperate to get a tan, that they just strip right off and expose themselves to high doses of UV radiation, and the subsequent sunburns They then wonder why they are red raw and sore.

We have a word here. Tanorexic. It describes some people that just want to look orange all year, either chemically or via the sun. They want to be tanned, even if it means skin cancer. Not exactly the healthy glow advocated by Coco Chanel back in the 1930s

Britain's changeable weather does affect our moods and behaviours. Painting yourself orange may help some people. Who knows. Looks like rain!

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.


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    • molometer profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hello Laura, and thank you for taking the time to comment.

      Usually comments with outbound links included, are not allowed in this comments section; but considering the source. I have published it.

      Like a man in orthopaedic shoes. I stand corrected :)

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      7 years ago

      Nice article! And, by and large, factually correct. However, as a meteorologist myself, I am afraid I can't let a couple of inaccuracies slip... the main one about hurricanes in the UK.

      Strictly speaking Michael Fish WAS right when he said that there wasn't a hurricane on its way - they don't survive over the relatively cold waters surrounding our islands (although why let facts get in the way of a good story)! He -and his superior offices on duty - did underestimate the strength of the winds however, so I'm not trying to suggest it was his finest hour. Here's an article which explains more, in the context of the recent "St Jude" storm:

      That system, and the 1987 "Great Storm", both exhibited the characteristics of a 'sting jet'. This is what can bring the very strongest wind gusts.

      The Beaufort Scale has Force 12 - 'hurricane force' - to describe the strongest SUSTAINED winds (i.e. not gusts) we see over the shipping areas around the UK, and I think that is what you alluded to in your comment about "not making landfall". It is true that it is incredibly rare to get sustained winds of that strength over UK land areas. The gusts could reach that speed too for a relatively short time, but it is erroneous to describe those as hurricane strength since the hurricane is also defined by its sustained winds (using the 0Saffir Simpson scale) and its gusts will be even higher!

      Hope that clears things up...

    • molometer profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from United Kingdom

      O! so you saw this in the Times tillsontitan. Only 2 years later :)

      Well that is good news, as the weather is always topical, especially in the northern latitudes of New York and London.

      Evergreen rocks don't you think? ; )

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      Mary Craig 

      7 years ago from New York

      I'm so glad you put this in the Times so I could read it 20 months later!

      What a truly informative piece on British Weather. I didn't realize oh, about 90% of what you said. Living in NY I get to see all kinds of weather and the recent changes haven't been good ones.

      Your photos were really good and I love the "tanoreexic".

      Voted all the way across because your humor made it fun to read!

    • molometer profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hello Mazzy Bolero,

      The weather is definitely changing. It always has and always will.

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      Mazzy Bolero 

      8 years ago from the U.K.

      They say we had such a long winter because the Gulf Stream clung to the coast of Africa this year. What if it stays there? We could have a climate like Nova Scotia. That's scary.

    • molometer profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thanks Sue Bailey,

      Glad you found it interesting. It is always good to hear from satisfied readers.

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      Susan Bailey 

      8 years ago from South Yorkshire, UK

      Wow! I didn't realise there was so much to say about the weather. Marvellous detailed hub with great pictures. A good read. Voted up and interesting

    • molometer profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hello torrilynn,

      I visited Chicago many years ago and know first hand, what they mean when they call it the 'windy city'.

      Your weather is just as changeable as ours in the UK.

      I do believe we are on the same line of latitude on the planet and you have the great lakes to contend with too. Great comment.

      Thanks for dropping in.

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      8 years ago


      I could understand your ever changing weather

      here in Illinois one day It is hot one day it snows and the next day it rains

      trying to predict the weather here is like trying to find a needle in

      a haystack! thanks for the read.

      Voted up.

    • molometer profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hello Rajan,

      Thanks for dropping in and chatting about the British weather.

      It is a funny topic, and one that we all chat about all the time.

      Spring is in the air too.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      8 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      I've always heard of the unpredictable British weather. And I now know why. Thanks for sharing the details and wonderful photos, Michael.

      Voted up, interesting and sharing.

    • molometer profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi William,

      I defer to your superior knowledge of these strange things. 'It is a chupacabra print' I see it now lol

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      WD Curry 111 

      8 years ago from Space Coast

      Like I said, you can't fool a redneck from Florida. It is a chupacabra print.

      Dang, I wish I thought of that yesterday!

    • molometer profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi William,

      I am mamulcahy lol. It's my name. Glad you liked the photos.

      The footprint is exactly as I took it. I suspect it was a fox. As the snow was melting it just appeared much bigger.

      Well that is what I assume. It could well be 'bigfoot's cousin' :)

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      WD Curry 111 

      8 years ago from Space Coast

      Who is mamulcahy? A good photographer for sure. That isn't Bigfoot . . . it is a dog print within a human footprint. You can't fool a redneck from Florida, even though we don't have snow.

      Now I know where Americans get our weather obsession. You haven't experienced real weather until you sit through a major hurricane! It's no joke, so don't throw a hurricane party. Unfortunately, it is best to stay sober.

    • molometer profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thank you onlooker.

      Nice you had the chance to experience our lovely British weather.

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      9 years ago

      If you don't like the weather stick around, eh? the first day we got off at the heathrow and on the way, in the cab...the rj asked, "what is the subject most talked about in the UK?" Later we got to know why, of course. It was like a revelation. This hub brings back fond memories. Thank you! Good afternoon.

    • molometer profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from United Kingdom

      O my word! So lucky to be going home.

      I lived in cape town between 2003 and 2011 and loved every minute of my time there. I am a Brit married to a South African.

      George is fabulous. I played at the golf course there at Fancourt. It is fabtastic.

      We often talk about returning to SA when we retire. We just may do it too.

      Good luck with the move and keep in touch.

    • LadyLyell profile image


      9 years ago from George, South Africa

      Goodmorning from sunny Sydney!

      My husband and I are moving to George in the Cape. George, on the Garden Route has everything to offer us as a retired couple. Last year we were there for three months and fell in love with the area. We previously lived in Johannesburg but escaped from the crime scene there. A gun at my head was the last attempt someone would have on my life. Enough and no more!

      I love the country, the people, the weather and most of all the affordable cost of living in SA.

      My profile touches on my life spent between the two countries.

      Are you originally from SA?

      I think SA stays in ones blood somehow.

      Well, it's time to return to my packing with only weeks to go.


    • molometer profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hello LadyLyell,

      You are so lucky to be moving back. Where are you moving too?

      Those that fly away for the British winter are called swallows.

      Summer in the UK winter In SA. We have many friends that do the same thing.

      I couldn't personally. I wouldn't come back again. lol

    • molometer profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi rebeccamealey,

      I never got down to Georgia but it sounds like you have some weird weather there too.

      You describe the sultry season so well, it reminds me of Gone with the wind? somehow!

      Got Georgia on my mind now lol

    • molometer profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thank you Theresa,

      I am glad you liked it. I have just re-read it. O dear I must have been very distracted, I have fixed it now.

      Britain is in a peculiar position geographically.

      Hence the peculiar weather. Four seasons in one day has happened.


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      9 years ago from George, South Africa

      This informative article read similar to emails I receive from my South African friend now living in Hampshire. I've noted that she loved the snow at first but now escapes back to South Africa Dec/Jan to avoid all.

      I'll stay in the southern hemisphere thank you and moving back to South Africa next month to live puts me far from the English weather conditions.

      Voted interesting!

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      Suzette Walker 

      9 years ago from Taos, NM

      Enjoyed your hub! Very funny!

    • rebeccamealey profile image

      Rebecca Mealey 

      9 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      It's a roller coaster here in NE Georgia as well. Right now it is thundering and the wind is blowing with a tornado watch! But it would not be beyond impossible to have snow next week. The only time we have stable weather here is in June,July, August and September when it is nothing but one thing...Hot and severely muggy! Great Hub on changeable weather and as always awesome pics!


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      Theresa Ast 

      9 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Hi Michael -

      Somehow even though I know how far north England is, like everyone else I guess, I don't think of you guys as having snow. The pictures were absolutely fabulous. And as someone who used to teach world geography, I loved all the geography terms, explanations, pictures. and maps that you use. All in all a terrific job, very enjoyable. Theresa

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      Bill Holland 

      9 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Great hub; love the humor. Some day I might actually get to visit's on my bucket list, which seems to be getting longer and not shorter.

    • molometer profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thanks Vinaya Ghimire,

      Glad you liked it. There is a saying here. 'If you don't like the weather, stick around' lol

      It is so changeable and it is a national obsession.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 

      9 years ago from Nepal

      I have not been to Britain but heard quite a lot about the erratic British weather. I enjoyed reading this article. There is so much to learn from this hub.

    • molometer profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Jeannieinabottle,

      How's the weather looking over there? lol That is the first thing we say here to. It is a national obsession and I guess you guys may have got it in your DNA :)

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      Jeannie Marie 

      9 years ago from Baltimore, MD

      I am assuming the U.S. must have inherited our obsession with the weather from England. It is all we ever talk about, too. If it is going to snow, it is the first news story for the night. Completely ridiculous!

      Fun hub and voted up!

    • molometer profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thanks everyone for your great comments, I am having network connection issues related to 'the weather conditions' and cannot stay online for more than a few minutes at a time. I will reciprocate asap Thanks for SHARING.

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      Dexter Yarbrough 

      9 years ago from United States

      Hi Molometer! Whenever I watch television and the story-line or documentary is about Great Britain, it seems that the weather is always cold! Not necessarily snowy but cold. Maybe it's just the stuff I watch! Perhaps I should just take a trip there and see for myself!

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      Brett C 

      9 years ago from Asia

      Up, funny and interesting. Being a Brit, I can relate and honestly DO NOT MISS it. I think that one of the main reasons we complain is that we are pretty useless as a nation as far as preparation is concerned. South Korea has -20 with 1m of snow fall overnight, but it is life as usual. They also have four seasons, but it doesn't seem to be an issue for them. In the UK, as you mentioned, a weather change brings the country to a halt ... something isn't right there! lol

      Thanks for SHARING.

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      Alastar Packer 

      9 years ago from North Carolina

      Your making a habit of putting out very fine articles molometer and this ones no exception. I'm a bit fascinated by British Isles topography and well, everything else about it too. It's not surprising Brits are obsessed with the weather being an island nation and at the top of the hemisphere like you wrote. Those tracks may be from a dog that stepped in a persons. But then again one never knows do one. Good hub molometer.

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      Movie Master 

      9 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi molometer, a fantastic hub, I really enjoyed this!

      The news the other night was so comical (yes on the news as well as the weather forecast) the headlines were up to 10cms of snow expected in some areas! People must laugh at us - as we grind to a halt!

      Many thanks and voted up

    • molometer profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thank you everyone for your great comments. I am suffering from connection issues so will come back to these comments when it is more stable.

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      Stuart Goddard 

      9 years ago from Bradford

      Well even more topical up here in the Pennines. My home is only two minutes away from the M62 motorway which was for years the highest motorway in Europe.1,200 feet above sea level. Definition of motorways is defined by maximum and minimum gradients here and other things. It can be a foot deep in snow here and be none at all within 20 miles. It has serious consequences on rearing cattle and livestock which we need to add salt licks,mineral licks and copper deficiency which is common. This is all due to excessive rain and snow washing out elements in the ground. In reality I love it especially in winter. voting up great,

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      9 years ago from malang-indonesia

      My brother, you have great information here. I learn many things from you. But my favorite is "Winter In Cambridgeshire" pictures. You have done a great job. Rated up and take care!


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      Ian Dabasori Hetr 

      9 years ago

      This hub should become hub of the day...Lot of effort has been put into making this hub...Its useful because I have learnt new things here. Voted right up. Hope you enjoy mu hubs as well.



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      Judi Brown 

      9 years ago from UK

      The weather is certainly our default form of conversation. Can't think of anything interesting to say? There is surely some weather related comment to make! It's a great icebreaker!

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      Marcy Goodfleisch 

      9 years ago from Planet Earth

      Are you sure you're not writing about Texas? Okay - I don't recognize the scenery. I hadn't realized your beautiful country was experiencing severe climate issues, too; I guess it's becoming global. This hub is food for thought for every country - thanks for posting it. Voted up, useful and interesting.

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      James Kenny 

      9 years ago from Birmingham, England

      A well written and entertaining article. As a fellow Brit, I can completely relate, talking about the weather is often the default subject of a conversation when there's nothing else to talk about.

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      9 years ago from North Carolina

      Fascinating Molometer. The weather in the US is also acting unpredictably. I live in Western, NC and we just had ravishing, deadly tornadoes in January. It is very unusual and cause for wonder. Great hub!

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      Aurelio Locsin 

      9 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Not just the British -- weather is an obsession in the U.S. too, in areas with changing weather. Here is Southern California, we mostly ignore it because it's so sunny all the time. Voting this Up and Interesting. Thanks for SHARING.

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      Annette R. Smith 

      9 years ago from Ocala, Florida

      What a wonderful hub! I enjoyed reading about the national obsession with weather. Your snow pictures are very pretty, and the "Fawlty Towers" clips were fun! By the way, we have a similar saying in Texas: "If you don't like the weather in Texas, just wait a minute and it will change." It's mild and sunny here today. Voted up and interesting!

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      James W. Nelson 

      9 years ago from eastern North Dakota

      Didn't work. I guess I don't know how. The title is "Will and Kate" Will and Kate

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      James W. Nelson 

      9 years ago from eastern North Dakota

      Very humorous hub, Molometer, I read and watched everything except the song. I do believe climate change is definitely with us. Here in North Dakota I can see change everywhere, and I think drastic change is coming sooner then we hope.

      I think Britain is the best friend America has. Good to see Prince Harry volunteering for Afghanistan even though the Taliban "want" him. Our President wants us out of that country and has given the enemy a timeline. How stupid. When we leave that country the Taliban will come back so fast and all the rights women have gained will be gone. It's tragic that our young men and women are dying there, but leaving will be hugely tragic too.

      I did one hub about the marriage of Will and Kate you might enjoy. That couple is so charming and so needed in the world. I will try to give you a link.

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      9 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thanks Emma, I love the snow having just spent 8 years living in the semi desert region of South Africa. To me it is like being a kid again, I love it.

      Hope you get through this cold snap okay, I am sure you will survive lol. Just remember to wrap up warm.

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      Emma Kisby 

      9 years ago from Berkshire, UK

      Yes, as a fellow Brit I completely understand. With the snow we've just had the country comes to a halt and it is major discussion, where everyone else in the world manages to cope!

      We've recently moved house and it has old sash original windows, so we're trying to do our best to keep our heating bills down. We've put seasonal film over them (double glazing comes next year) and are using our real fire. We will also get a wood burning stove too.

      The weather is does change so much (everyone will complain during the next heat wave) but those snow pictures do look rather pretty :)


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