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Wacky Weather: Snow-England & Fires-Down Under

Posted on: January 22, 2013

One thing makes people react and think, “I should get some cellular shades” — EXTREME temperature! HOT or COLD.

I have two internet friends – one just moved to England (from frigid Montreal); the other is in Australia. Sitting in Vermont, where the temps today hit 11-degrees Fahrenheit, with a 3 mile per hour wind (brrrr….), it is hair-raising to read about feet of snow in southern England (which rarely sees snow nowadays) and, half a world away, to hear of childhood homes endangered by bushfires and yet another summer of intense heat.

English Delights – a blog about “England, Crafts & Food” – has a number of posts about the record snowfall, including this evocative photo of Big Ben:

snowy big ben

At least here, in the “North East”, we’ve snow plows and salt-making equipment galore (our problems come in the spring…). I remember once going to a bookstore in New Hampshire. Gosh! The plows had been hard at it, for a maze comprised of 5-foot walls of solid white snow shuttled my car from town to the bookshop’s door. To this day, I’ve never seen SO MUCH SNOW packed to the sides of the road.

As for poor Australia, I cannot fathom what a bushfire must be like. AsianCorrespondent, on the other hand, has written a piece about the extreme weather conditions.


I can say, however, that my small corner of Vermont once had a catastrophic fire (a furniture factory; a total loss) in the midst of a cold winter’s day & night. The city felt deserted. Traffic was nil.

As the old commercial said, “It’s not nice to fool Mother Nature” – and fires, floods, or feet of snow can be so crippling. With such devastation, it is heart-rending to read of more shootings, never mind all the continuing unrest in the warring areas of the world.

When will the “madness” end??


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