What is wrong with this country?
The meteorological office has issued a severe weather warning. What's coming? A hurricane? Tornado? Blizzard?
No, what's coming is a bit of ice on the road, and some sleet. The article states 'there has been a centimetre or two of snow in places'. That's about half an inch.
If this slight inconvenience requires a severe warning, what are they going to do when the snow reaches three feet in depth? Tear out their hair and wail from the rooftops? Cry 'Armageddon!' and jump off tall buildings? Well, we can but hope.
There is no snow here. None. The rooftops are clear, it's all melted away. Images on the news describing 'commuter chaos' and late trains show snow cover so thin it could have been spray-painted on.
The 'safety' crowd are jumping at shadows again. There is no severe weather here. There is an annoying total cloud cover that makes it difficult to go out and take photos, but that's it.
These people are turning this country into a nation of soft, weak morons. Events like this, in the past, were described only as 'light snow' with a mention of possible ice and a caution to drivers. Severe weather meant snow so deep you couldn't find your car, and it wasn't worth digging it out if you did. Now it means you might slip a bit if you're not careful.
We seem to be getting severe weather warnings every week. What that means is that when we get a real one - when a hurricane finally makes it this far north - we're all going to think 'Oh, right, severe weather. Better put an overcoat on'.
Save the warnings for when the weather really is severe. Otherwise we're going to ignore the real warnings when they come.