History UsefulNotes / BritishWeather

29th Jun '16 5:59:31 PM LeedsKing
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Notably April, most notorious for "April showers", is often the month when the Sun is first seen each year, often causing hill fires (identical to Australian bush fires, but on hills) and burning people who keep their liquid fuel cans outside then pick them up (honestly).[[note]] OopNorth, this is the second most common reason the fire service is called. The most common is to rescue sheep from waterways. No joke.[[/note]] In 2012 there was a section of the North Midlands in drought and flood ''at the same time''. In the North of England one week of blizzards and -13 was followed by a week of heatwaves and +32. The Calder Valley flooded four times in three weeks later that year. In 2012 TheMidlands experienced hailstones in July.

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Notably April, most notorious for "April showers", is often the month when the Sun is first seen each year, often causing hill fires (identical to Australian bush fires, but on hills) and burning people who keep their liquid fuel cans outside then pick them up (honestly).[[note]] OopNorth, this is the second most common reason the fire service is called. The most common is to rescue sheep from waterways. No joke.[[/note]] In 2012 there was a section of the North Midlands in drought and flood ''at the same time''. In the North of England one week of blizzards and -13 -13°C was followed by a week of heatwaves and +32.+32°C. The Calder Valley flooded four times in three weeks later that year. In 2012 TheMidlands experienced hailstones in July.
21st Mar '16 7:05:27 PM karstovich2
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Wind can get pretty high, but the sea is too cold for hurricanes. We've had some close ones though. The Great Storm of 1987 is infamous, partly because of a weather forecaster named Michael Fish, who explained that there wasn't a hurricane on the way. He was technically correct - hurricanes occur by definition in the tropics - but there were definitely some hurricane-force winds. In the event of a storm, expect at least one picture of some brave/stupid (opinions may vary) souls braving crashing waves on a seashore. A favourite pastime of schoolchildren on a windy day is to lift their jacket up over their heads and walk into the wind. Way more fun than it sounds.

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Wind can get pretty high, but the sea is too cold for hurricanes. We've had some close ones though. The Great Storm of 1987 is infamous, partly because of a weather forecaster named Michael Fish, who explained that there wasn't a hurricane on the way. He was technically correct - hurricanes occur by definition in the tropics - but there were definitely some hurricane-force winds. Actual hurricanes originally from the tropics (or at least subtropics) actually do occasionally make their way to Britain; 1986's Hurricane Charley, which famously caused massive amounts of very expensive damage in North Carolina and Virginia, actually managed to cross the Atlantic to dump historic amounts of rain on Ireland, Wales, and England, costing millions of pounds and killing eleven people. In the event of a storm, expect at least one picture of some brave/stupid (opinions may vary) souls braving crashing waves on a seashore. A favourite pastime of schoolchildren on a windy day is to lift their jacket up over their heads and walk into the wind. Way more fun than it sounds.
10th Jan '16 5:00:20 PM phoenix
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The most obvious thing anyone notices is the rain. Virtually every day, somewhere will have a downpour. If you look at the weather forecast for UsefulNotes/{{Wales}} on any given day, it predicts rain. The East Coast is supposed to be drier, but even there it's not exactly dry. Get two or three days of hot weather and a thunderstorm will generally finish it off. {{UsefulNotes/Wimbledon}} is a case in point, and rain (or bad light) is a frequent play-stopper in cricket. [[TheBeautifulGame Football]], on the other hand... only if the pitch is too frozen to play on, or actually flooded, is a match called off. [[RugbyIsSlaughter Rugby won't be called off]] for anything less than a direct meteor strike -- and then, only for long enough to prop the posts back up and remove the meteorite. Glasgow is the rainiest city in the UK by average rainfall. This is not news to anyone who lives there.

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The most obvious thing anyone notices is the rain. Virtually every day, somewhere will have a downpour. If you look at the weather forecast for UsefulNotes/{{Wales}} on any given day, it predicts rain. The East Coast is supposed to be drier, but even there it's not exactly dry. Get two or three days of hot weather and a thunderstorm will generally finish it off. {{UsefulNotes/Wimbledon}} is a case in point, and rain (or bad light) is a frequent play-stopper in cricket. [[TheBeautifulGame [[UsefulNotes/AssociationFootball Football]], on the other hand... only if the pitch is too frozen to play on, or actually flooded, is a match called off. [[RugbyIsSlaughter Rugby won't be called off]] for anything less than a direct meteor strike -- and then, only for long enough to prop the posts back up and remove the meteorite. Glasgow is the rainiest city in the UK by average rainfall. This is not news to anyone who lives there.
6th Dec '15 11:36:06 PM NelC
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Pack an umbrella and a rain coat, that's all we can say. In the words of the Prophet Connolly, "There is no bad weather, only bad clothing".

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Pack an umbrella and a rain coat, that's all we can say. In the words of the [[BillyConnolly Prophet Connolly, Connolly]], "There is no bad weather, only bad clothing".
9th Sep '15 11:23:33 AM SetsunasaNiWa
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At any point in any season the country can, and will, endure just about every weather phenomena recorded. Electrical storms do occur, but are mild by the standards of other parts of the world. Earthquakes ([which are not a weather phenomenon), or at least, ones that people actually notice, are extremely rare, as there have been no active faults in this particular bit of crust for hundreds of millions of years; when one does happen it is likely to take over the news for a few days.

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At any point in any season the country can, and will, endure just about every weather phenomena recorded. Electrical storms do occur, but are mild by the standards of other parts of the world. Earthquakes ([which (which are not a weather phenomenon), or at least, ones that people actually notice, are extremely rare, as there have been no active faults in this particular bit of crust for hundreds of millions of years; when one does happen it is likely to take over the news for a few days.
9th Sep '15 11:22:38 AM SetsunasaNiWa
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At any point in any season the country can, and will, endure just about every weather phenomena recorded. Electrical storms do occur, but are mild by the standards of other parts of the world. Earthquakes ([[CaptainObvious which are not a weather phenomenon]]), or at least, ones that people actually notice, are extremely rare, as there have been no active faults in this particular bit of crust for hundreds of millions of years; when one does happen it is likely to take over the news for a few days.

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At any point in any season the country can, and will, endure just about every weather phenomena recorded. Electrical storms do occur, but are mild by the standards of other parts of the world. Earthquakes ([[CaptainObvious which ([which are not a weather phenomenon]]), phenomenon), or at least, ones that people actually notice, are extremely rare, as there have been no active faults in this particular bit of crust for hundreds of millions of years; when one does happen it is likely to take over the news for a few days.
20th Aug '15 11:40:41 PM HeraldAlberich
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The most obvious thing anyone notices is the rain. Virtually every day, somewhere will have a downpour. If you look at the weather forecast for UsefulNotes/{{Wales}} on any given day, it predicts rain. The East Coast is supposed to be drier, but even there it's not exactly dry. Get two or three days of hot weather and a thunderstorm will generally finish it off. {{Wimbledon}} is a case in point, and rain (or bad light) is a frequent play-stopper in cricket. [[TheBeautifulGame Football]], on the other hand... only if the pitch is too frozen to play on, or actually flooded, is a match called off. [[RugbyIsSlaughter Rugby won't be called off]] for anything less than a direct meteor strike -- and then, only for long enough to prop the posts back up and remove the meteorite. Glasgow is the rainiest city in the UK by average rainfall. This is not news to anyone who lives there.

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The most obvious thing anyone notices is the rain. Virtually every day, somewhere will have a downpour. If you look at the weather forecast for UsefulNotes/{{Wales}} on any given day, it predicts rain. The East Coast is supposed to be drier, but even there it's not exactly dry. Get two or three days of hot weather and a thunderstorm will generally finish it off. {{Wimbledon}} {{UsefulNotes/Wimbledon}} is a case in point, and rain (or bad light) is a frequent play-stopper in cricket. [[TheBeautifulGame Football]], on the other hand... only if the pitch is too frozen to play on, or actually flooded, is a match called off. [[RugbyIsSlaughter Rugby won't be called off]] for anything less than a direct meteor strike -- and then, only for long enough to prop the posts back up and remove the meteorite. Glasgow is the rainiest city in the UK by average rainfall. This is not news to anyone who lives there.
11th Aug '15 5:50:55 AM Tightwire
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One aspect of British and Irish weather that's often overlooked by writers used to lower latitudes is that the days are very long in the summer and very short in the winter. This is especially the case in northern Scotland, but is true of the UK and Ireland in general. There's no "midnight sun" like in the polar regions, but 10 pm sun can be expected in midsummer. This has led to some degree of FantasticReligiousWeirdness here on Earth: Britain's [[UsefulNotes/ATouchOfClassEthnicityAndReligion substantial]] [[UsefulNotes/{{Islam}} Muslim]] community, and particularly those living in Scotland,[[note]]Which is, again, substantial; the first Muslim MP represented Glasgow, and a Muslim has represented some part of Glasgow or other since 1997[[/note]]have received numerous ''fatwas'' saying "No, you ''don't'' have to fast from literal sunrise to sunset, seeing as that's a 15 or even 20-hour fast for 30 days when Ramadan falls in the summertime. 6 in the morning to 6 at night is just fine."

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One aspect of British and Irish weather that's often overlooked by writers used to lower latitudes is that the days are very long in the summer and very short in the winter. This is especially the case in northern Scotland, but is true of the UK and Ireland in general. There's no "midnight sun" like in the polar regions, but 10 pm sun can be expected in midsummer.midsummer, while it can start getting dim at something like 4PM in deep winter. This has led to some degree of FantasticReligiousWeirdness here on Earth: Britain's [[UsefulNotes/ATouchOfClassEthnicityAndReligion substantial]] [[UsefulNotes/{{Islam}} Muslim]] community, and particularly those living in Scotland,[[note]]Which is, again, substantial; the first Muslim MP represented Glasgow, and a Muslim has represented some part of Glasgow or other since 1997[[/note]]have received numerous ''fatwas'' saying "No, you ''don't'' have to fast from literal sunrise to sunset, seeing as that's a 15 or even 20-hour fast for 30 days when Ramadan falls in the summertime. 6 in the morning to 6 at night is just fine."
28th Apr '15 10:44:56 AM nombretomado
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One aspect of British and Irish weather that's often overlooked by writers used to lower latitudes is that the days are very long in the summer and very short in the winter. This is especially the case in northern Scotland, but is true of the UK and Ireland in general. There's no "midnight sun" like in the polar regions, but 10 pm sun can be expected in midsummer. This has led to some degree of FantasticReligiousWeirdness here on Earth: Britain's [[ATouchOfClassEthnicityAndReligion substantial]] [[UsefulNotes/{{Islam}} Muslim]] community, and particularly those living in Scotland,[[note]]Which is, again, substantial; the first Muslim MP represented Glasgow, and a Muslim has represented some part of Glasgow or other since 1997[[/note]]have received numerous ''fatwas'' saying "No, you ''don't'' have to fast from literal sunrise to sunset, seeing as that's a 15 or even 20-hour fast for 30 days when Ramadan falls in the summertime. 6 in the morning to 6 at night is just fine."

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One aspect of British and Irish weather that's often overlooked by writers used to lower latitudes is that the days are very long in the summer and very short in the winter. This is especially the case in northern Scotland, but is true of the UK and Ireland in general. There's no "midnight sun" like in the polar regions, but 10 pm sun can be expected in midsummer. This has led to some degree of FantasticReligiousWeirdness here on Earth: Britain's [[ATouchOfClassEthnicityAndReligion [[UsefulNotes/ATouchOfClassEthnicityAndReligion substantial]] [[UsefulNotes/{{Islam}} Muslim]] community, and particularly those living in Scotland,[[note]]Which is, again, substantial; the first Muslim MP represented Glasgow, and a Muslim has represented some part of Glasgow or other since 1997[[/note]]have received numerous ''fatwas'' saying "No, you ''don't'' have to fast from literal sunrise to sunset, seeing as that's a 15 or even 20-hour fast for 30 days when Ramadan falls in the summertime. 6 in the morning to 6 at night is just fine."
31st Jan '15 11:06:34 AM nighttrainfm
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->''"In the Bible, God made it rain for forty days and forty nights; and that was ''still'' the best summer we had!"''
-->'''Rhod Gilbert''', Welsh Comedian

->''"My cousin invited us up to Scotland for the summer. I said 'Sorry, I think I'm busy that day'."''
-->One of many comedians

->''"I'm sick and tired of people coming up to me and saying, 'Oh, I went to Scotland once, but it was raining'. COURSE IT WAS FUCKIN' RAINING! <...> Where do you think you're going, BENIDORM?!"''
-->'''Billy Connolly'''
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