Winds Light to Variable

I have a slight bone to pick with the Met Office. Oh, all right, several bones, but my current beef is the way their weather app will take a day with heavy rain forecast for half of the day and no rain forecast for the other half of the day and describe that as ‘light rain’. You can’t average out rain. It’s like saying a day with a northerly gale in the morning and a southerly gale in the afternoon has no wind at all.

Not that it actually matters. We had light rain this morning and I looked at it and thought ‘oh well it’s only raining a little bit, no point putting the full rain gear on.’ WRONG. It is an indisputable fact of cycling life that light rain gets you just as wet – indeed sometimes wetter – than heavy rain. Be it a downpour, cats and dogs, steady drizzle, fine sifting rain, or that rain that isn’t really inging so much as just there, in the air, waiting for you to cycle through it – after an hour you will be equally wet and equally annoyed about it…

That said, rain is better than hail. Coming back from yoga yesterday I got caught in a hailstorm that was going sideways and I can tell you that having little tiny stinging particles of hail sandblasting the side of your face is extremely painful, albeit quite invigorating. If there’s anything in this microdermabrasion nonsense, then by rights I ought to be looking like one of those before and after photos with the left hand side of my face blasted clean.

This post reminds me that there’s a very nice Spanish woman working in Bigtown at the moment – she’s been here about a year now. I asked her the other day how she was liking Scotland and particularly the weather. She replied ‘I wouldn’t mind it so much except that everyone I speak to keeps mentioning it. It makes it hard to forget about it.’ The thing is, we keep feeling the need to apologise for it, especially to someone who is in a sense a guest – as if we kept bringing up how untidy our house is or apologising for the food (although there’s that too) and making the whole thing even more awkward.

Perhaps we should just ignore it and it will go away. But then what would we talk about?

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4 Responses to Winds Light to Variable

  1. CJ says:

    Potholes, bureaucracy and suitable hats?

  2. Jenny says:

    What a lovely tapestry of rain descriptions you have – I didn’t realise there were so many different types of rain, and that there’s obviously a skill in how you go out in it. I wouldn’t be surprised if there weren’t Gaelic words to describe each variation, and if so, perhaps these can be used in any discussion with a visiting Spaniard. She may never know you are talking about the rain at all.

  3. disgruntled says:

    @CJ – probably more sock darning if you’re unlucky…
    @Jenny – ah, Scots is filled with different words for rain. Not sure if they’re Gaelic or not

  4. John Gibson says:

    microdermabrasion.
    Bloody Hell, I had to look that one up.
    John

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