Still raining

They’re running out of rain metaphors and adjectives on the radio.

They’ve done ‘torrential’ to death. Now they’re casting around for something more sensational. ‘Stair rods’ and ‘monsoon-like’ are undergoing a renaissance. ‘Record-breaking’ is a favourite.

As I write, great swathes of northern England are under flood warnings. By tonight, many Yorkshire folks will be floating on their sofas.

It’s all so grim I feel the urge to make light of it. But people have already lost their lives, and I fear there will be more by the weekend.

If you’re in the flood zone, stay safe.

7 Responses to “Still raining”

  1. Tanya Walton Says:

    I’m not in the flood zone but I am thinking of all those that are….surely there has to be a break in it soon.

  2. Soilman Says:

    I don’t think so, Tanya. The wretched jet stream is sitting over the English Channel and blocking any good weather from the continent. This summer is looking increasingly like a total write-off.

    Oddly enough, I’ve cheered up about it. I was furious in May and June, desperately disappointed after a sunless winter. Now that I’ve accepted the summer’s fucked, I’m feeling brighter. There are upsides:

    • No watering needed at the plot
    • Great weather for running
    • Excellent raspberries and brassicas
    • Easy to sleep at night
    • Easier at work – wearing a suit in 30C is agony

    As usual, the despair is better than the hope.

  3. Tom Says:

    SM – once you’ve mentioned the jetstream, there’s no room for complaining. I mean who can do anything about the jetstream ? Coulson or Campbell – with a well-aimed text ? Tony Saint-Blair ? News Corp ? No – fraid not. The jetstream doesn’t give a hoot about us.

    We’re gonna get rained on. End.

  4. Jaette Says:

    Kevin – Were it up to me, I’d happily give you -and the rest of the British Isles for that matter – as much of the heat and dry from here as I could! In a place where I deal with a short season and winters commonly down to -30C, I find it to be an utter disappointment to endure weeks of heat near 40C!

    Luckily, we have a week or so in the autumn to look forward to where it cools down nicely before everything locks up in the grip of winter again. Can’t wait.

  5. Kath Says:

    In the PNW (US)we’re having our fist nice days since last summer. Up until now it has been bucketing down daily….I’ve given up on any heat loving plants (no homegrown tomatoes, waah!)since it is far to late to plant them. Best I can hope for now is a good salad and brassicas harvest. Oh, well there’s always next year!

  6. Jaette Says:

    Kevin – I understand completely. I’m of Celtic and Nordic ancestry. I too love clouds and cool weather. There is no shame in that.

  7. Soilman Says:

    I’m with you, Kevin. Much as I find the ghastly weather disappointing – even infuriating – I’d rather this than weeks and weeks of 30C. Right now, there are people all over the northern hemisphere sweltering in insufferable heat and feeling very envious of our cool summer.