And here comes Brendan
It’s raining outside.
There is a bit of a wind too.
They have been on about Storm Brendan for the last couple of days and this apparently is it. It has arrived!
Of course the radio is going apeshit, constantly giving updates. They go to a correspondent in the West who tells us that it is very windy and lashing rain and that some road or other has been closed due to a falling tree. They then cut to another correspondent in another part of the West who tells us exactly the same thing, except that of course it’s a different road that’s closed.
When they run out of correspondents they go to other weather experts who tell us that it’s windy enough to blow the knickers off ya and pissing down out of the heavens. Fascinating stuff.
We have constant reminders to stay away from cliffs and coasts in case we fall in and cyclists have been advised to “take alternative forms of transport”.
Every now and then we go “live to the Met Office” where we are told that the Status Orange Warning is still in place and that it’s very wet and very windy. We are advised to take care.
I don’t know what I would do without all this information. After all, how else would I know what all that wet stuff is that’s falling from the sky? How else would I know why the trees are all waving around the place?
How did they manage in the Old Days?
My bit of seaweed nailed to the fence post is wet and waving about. All because of Storrrm Brrreendaaan!
Last week during Storm No-Name it was soaking and horizontal.
Obviously it was high tide last week?
Can’t we have one with a really stupid name?
Or maybe give names to lesser weather events?
Storm Michael Finnegan?
Warm spell Wodger?
Currently suffering from Damp Underwear.
Excuse moy Oirish accent.
And then there is the one that can blow The Tonald away. (I can do teuchter too)
I'll get my coat.
Oirish forgiven, but only because of the Trump one.
'Isn't it the bad sign that the ducks are in the nettles?' – Flann O'Brien, 'The Poor Mouth'
Hah! Currently rereading "The Third Policeman" for the umpteenth time.
They looked out of the window in the olden days. The only people who need regular weather reports are those at sea or flying aircraft. RADAR of course is very helpful.
In the olden days they used to hope for the best but prepare for the worst.
Unlike the current occupants of the world's biggest open prison, Australia, who despite knowing that bush-fires have happened since before their folk arrived in chains, now allow the Greenies to dictate that fire-breaks are bad for carbon and wildlife, thus enabling an infernal conflagration, which they then try to blame on man-made 'global warming'. That's bollocks, Bruce & Sheila – put your tinnies down and try 'preparing for the worst'.
I'll trade your windy and rainy for my cold and snowy any day. But I can sympathize about the over hyping of any given storm. Besides, up in my area the "experts" seem to be very confused when it comes to predicting the weather.
Today's weather prediction is cloudy with 2.2 inches of snow and tomorrows' includes an additional 1.6 inches. Now I'm no great mathematician but let me see–3.8 inches total over today and tomorrow? And yet, the official Weather
PanicAlert bulletin states 6 to 10 inches for my area so who knows what the heck is going on. Last week they predicted snow showers with no accumulation during one day and we ended up with 8 inches of the stuff.
Laurie and I have solved this unpredictability though. We just put the snow blower between the back of our Jeep and the garage door anytime it's cloudy and below freezing. We believe that if we show the weather gods we're prepared, there won't be any.
“The Third Policeman”
Heard it read many years ago on the Beeb’s “a book at bedtime” listening with crystal earphones plugged into a little radio I made using a ZN414, enameled wire and a bit of ferrite rod- and dimly recall the story…
…so now downloaded as pdf and mp3, and listening to the latter now – ‘kin great 🙂