The snow report

I spent two hours this morning moving between different parts of Dublin in journeys that should, in aggregate, have taken me 20 minutes, even in heavy traffic. It took so long because it was snowing, and because this creates chaos when it happens in Dublin. One car caused a major problem when the driver got out, leaving his car standing in the middle of the road, while he made a call on a public call box on the pavement. Another car had skidded into the middle of the road and the driver was so shell shocked that she was unable to move it. Another major problem was caused by a truck delivering something or other and just stopping on the road to do this, without pulling in at all to the side.

Today’s weather in Dublin is not good, but it is not that bad either. I suppose we are so bad at handling snow and ice because, by and large, it is such a rare thing.  We just can’t deal with anything in our weather other than ‘scattered showers’, which is our default meteorological condition. But at least it has given us a topic of conversation other than the Irish taxpayer’s bailing out of the German banks. And that’s something.

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4 Comments on “The snow report”

  1. anna notaro Says:

    not sure what’s most boring really, all the talk about the economic crisis or listening to dozens of TV reporters from all over the UK telling us what we know already: i.e. that it is snowing, transport is in a mess and children are happy because schools are shut!

  2. Mark Dowling Says:

    Who does snow clearing in Ireland these days? Obviously a consideration in a country which isn’t guaranteed snow is to keep the amount of dedicated equipment to a minimum.

    In Ontario, winter is a handy earner for farmers who purchase snow clearing equipment which bolts onto the front of their 4x4s and then contract with local authorities to supplement their own crews. If local authorities bought snow removal vehicles, companies with construction dump trucks could make some money taking the snow to disposal/melt sites.

  3. copernicus Says:

    “I spent two hours this morning moving between different parts of Dublin in journeys that should, in aggregate, have taken me 20 minutes, even in heavy traffic”

    Why go out when there is modern communication?

    There is no joy in Grampian Region either. Oh, those RGU academics and senior managers who live in Celts, Banchory, Peterculter, Inverurie, Westhill, Huntly… find their large houses buried in snow, garden plastered with snow, electricty cut off etc.. They couldn’t get out of Aberdeenshire either as the airport has problems too. One ex-colleague (the ex is for me!) e-mails me with his tale of snowy woes. I was a victim there in 1984 winter, and salt was in short supply.


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