The weather forecasters here in Britain are asking for funding for a more powerful computer system so that they can improve their forecasting, especially of catastrophic weather events.
Weather events like tsunamis, hurricanes, severe flooding, earthquakes, or severe droughts are so devastating of human life and in economic terms that an investment that can increase warning time of their impending arrival are sure to be cost-effective.
In the meantime, I invested in weather insurance today. It cost £4.97 (that’s about $8.15 in American dollars) and I’m sure it will ensure that it does not snow here for at least another two years.
It’s an American snow shovel.
Traditional English snow shovel.
Modern English Snow Shovel. Ours is a bright red flat piece of wood screwed onto a handle.
A proper American snow shovel shaped like a scoop with bevilled sides.
At least I’ll be prepared in 2014. Assuming I’m still here and still able to handle a snow shovel.