Britain experienced the storm of the century last week.
This century is just going on nine years old, and they’re at this point already.
And, they had four or five storms of the century in the 20th century alone.
More than one storm of the century per century? Somebody needs some remedial math lessons.
I flew out of Heathrow yesterday morning. Not a flake to be seen.
Friends flew through Heathrow in the middle of this disaster. No snow on the ground then either.
When I looked at the photos from there - cars stranded, roads blocked - I wondered: what was all the fuss about? It looked like there was ten cm of snow, tops.
Why couldn’t anybody get anywhere?
One newspaper did print a photo taken recently in Quebec, showing a door from inside a house, which opened onto a complete wall of snow.
Now, THAT’S worth closing schools for.
My operatives tell me that nobody ever runs all-season (a.k.a. no-season) tires in England, let alone winter tires.
That might be it.
Understandable I guess, if they seldom get snow.
It’s not like Buffalo, where it has been snowing every year for, oh, fifteen thousand years, and it always seems to come as a complete surprise.
The Minister of Transportation in the UK suggested that everyone stop “whinging" (that’s British English for “whining’) and go buy some chains at Halfords’s (sort of England’s Canadian Tire).
That got a really positive response from people who sat in their cars overnight on highways because the road crews ran out of “grit”. Not intestinal fortitude; "grit" is what they call the mixture of salt and gravel they toss on their roads.
Apparently someone decided they didn’t need as much ‘grit’ this year because global warming would take care of it.
Based on my observations, the Brits are usually the best drivers in the world.
Maybe just not in snow.
Sounds like there might be a market for a winter driving school over there.