A friend of ours always used to say that one of the reasons she went skiing every year, apart from the fact that she liked skiing of course, was to escape the tedium of the weather that never did much at this time of year. I have to say that although one of my favourite weather anecdotes is the bit of research that compared the Met Office weather forecast with assuming that the weather tomorrow would be the same as today (called the persistence forecast) – and found that the assumption was often more accurate than the weather forecast – I’ve never noticed it that much. True the weather is fairly consistent, but there were always some differences from day to day.

However, this year is a bit different, for the past couple of weeks the weather has done absolutely nothing. There has been no wind, no rain (we are in the middle of one of the worst droughts for a century), and the temperature has been hovering at freezing or below for what seems like an age. Last week was not too bad as there was not much cloud, so at least it was sunny, but for the whole of this week, it has just been gloomy and grey, with full cloud cover the entire day. It is now at the point that it is so dry that even with the sub-zero overnight temperatures there has been no frost either. Roll on spring, then maybe we’ll get a bit of variety!

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