Saturday 16 December 2017

Another storm we could not weather

What is it about us Irish and the weather? We have what is by any standards one of the most benign climates on the planet, with, at most, a couple of weeks' snow and frost every winter along with a couple of days' torrential rain.

When one compares the Irish climate to the extremes endured by other countries, our apparent inability to cope with the occasional outbreak of bad weather is truly remarkable.

Every winter the likes of Norway, Sweden, Finland and Switzerland seem to be able to manage the vagaries of the climate with little bother. Closer to home Scotland, which has by far the most extreme climate on these islands, also seems to cope fairly well.

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