THE weather is a large feature of a maritime nation’s daily conversations, mainly as the weather changes quite quickly.
Changes and developments occur from hour to hour never mind season to season or even week to week, but are rarely fierce.
We contrast our weather to the more predictable climate of the Mediterranean Costa and Balearics which in the view of most Brits is stable, warm and welcoming.
The apparent stability is a huge attraction for those of us living most of the year on the fringe of northwest Europe.
On the other hand , warm and stable also means for much of the year little or no rain.
News that rain has been falling in Spain is welcomed though all of the hoped for rain more or less arriving in one week seems harsh.
However much billions of litres of waters may be welcomed in Spanish reservoirs the accompanying floods and landslides are most certainly not. Yet to the untutored Brit such an event as heavy rain in Spain seems extraordinary.
Storm “Emma” brought not only welcome rain but tragedy as well.
Throughout Britain we have had some of the hard stuff recently, meaning snow. As the cold weather persisted water pipes in many households froze and pipes burst as the thaw took hold.
The ice melted and leaks made themselves known as many households were suddenly deluged with flowing water.
Meanwhile in parts of south London thousands of households suddenly found themselves wholly without water as the mains supply failed altogether.
As one wag remarked the snow had thawed too quickly!
Last week , for days hundreds of thousands of bottles of water were handed out to members of the public for free, though some enterprising traders were selling bottles of water for upwards of 20 euros each.
As the leaks were repaired the water companies steadily restored the mains water supply.
Suddenly, on Wednesday morning Tooting High Street; a main street in a suburb of south London, was deluged as water under pressure appeared flowing up through the pavements.
The morning rush hour was halted, the main road closed to all traffic, as water gushed and debris was carried down the road.
British weather is usually soft, rain is called drizzle, floods are rare and usually not too severe.
As winter turns into spring let’s all hope that climate change will not bring storms that are fierce and frequent.