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For the love of the rain - It is raining here

This is not a weather report ;)

   
11:17 am on Jan 10, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I don't know how many well-populated cities in the world don't see a few days of rain in the entire year, but certainly the rainy season is not much expected to last more than 3 days here in Dubai.

The sad thing is it usually rains in the late night hours, it is so sad to just find it wet in the morning. Next time I move to somewhere else, I will make sure the rainy season is a little longer than here.

I want to use the car windshield wipers too.

[edited by: Habtom at 11:18 am (utc) on Jan. 10, 2008]

11:57 am on Jan 10, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Habtom, I am in the West of Scotland and it has been teeming down here since last weekend. It is also very cold and dark so enjoy the sun - at least you won't suffer from SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) like some people in Northern climes.

By the way, I am traveling through Dubai airport on 3 Feb but unfortunately I don't have time to stop off for a day or two. I do have an 8 hour transit time in the airport (during the night). Do you have any information about the airport lounges or what is the best way to kill 12 hours there?

12:13 pm on Jan 10, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Do you have any information about the airport lounges or what is the best way to kill 12 hours there?

I haven't had the need to stay at the airport for more than an hour, and on almost all my trips I have used nearby airports.

But, I believe you can have a good time at the Millenium Airport Hotel, if coming out of the airport is not going to be much of a pain for you.

12:19 pm on Jan 10, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I only have 8 hours so coming out of the airport may not be an option.

Weather update: The rain is stopping. It's turning to sleet! :(

1:29 pm on Jan 10, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I am in the West of Scotland and it has been teeming down here since the dawn of time. - Thats more like it.
1:38 pm on Jan 10, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Habtom - may I suggest a visit to the UK?

It is always raining here. Very wet and windy today.

5:06 pm on Jan 10, 2008 (gmt 0)

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... and it has been teeming down here since the dawn of time. - Thats more like it

Sometimes it seems that way but let's face it the whole of the UK got it bad this week.

UPDATE ...
The rain has stopped, the skies are clearing and the forecast is fine for the next couple of days. ;)

Don't come until Sunday Habtom. :)

5:34 pm on Jan 10, 2008 (gmt 0)

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the forecast is fine for the next couple of days.

I have a little less faith in weather forecasts than many others. Jerome K. Jerome describes best in his book Three Men in a boat (I recently read, written more than a 100 years back I guess but still holds true IMHO). Here it goes:

I do think that, of all the silly, irritating tomfoolishness by which we are plagued, this “weather-forecast” fraud is about the most aggravating. It “forecasts” precisely what happened yesterday or a the day before, and precisely the opposite of what is going to happen to-day.

I remember a holiday of mine being completely ruined one late autumn by our paying attention to the weather report of the local newspaper. "Heavy showers, with thunderstorms, may be expected to-day,” it would say on Monday, and so we would give up our picnic, and stop indoors all day, waiting for the rain. – And people would pass the house, going off in wagonettes and coaches as jolly and merry as could be, the sun shining out, and not a cloud to be seen.
“Ah!” we said, as we stood looking out at them through the window, “won’t they come home soaked!”

6:00 pm on Jan 10, 2008 (gmt 0)

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" Everybody talks about the weather but no one does anything about it."...Mark Twain...KF
10:08 pm on Jan 13, 2008 (gmt 0)

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"the mind is willing, but the flesh is weak"
12:33 am on Jan 14, 2008 (gmt 0)

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" The spirit is willing but the flesh indeed is weak "

Dont you just hate some smart ass who is always trying to top your post! :o)...KF

5:53 am on Jan 14, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Update: It rained well here yesterday. I got the chance to use my wipers. But it seems today is the end of the 'rainy season'. :)
12:19 pm on Jan 14, 2008 (gmt 0)

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LOL - BeeDeeDubbleU - if it makes you feel better I'm on the east coast and it's chucking down... first snow / sleet then rain... for last 2 days :(

Hey ho... i moved up here for snow... but not rain!

12:33 pm on Jan 14, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Tokyo, Japan Weather Report.
I think I have umbrellas all around me. When I didnt have a car, I had umbrella in my bag all the time. Now, I have umbrellas in my house, my office, my car and in my car.
12:58 pm on Jan 14, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Hey ho... i moved up here for snow... but not rain!

Apparently the skiers have the best snow they have had for years in up in Glen Shee and the Cairngorms.

1:04 pm on Jan 14, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I know... am considering a wee jaunt up the A9 muyself in a few weeks time to Aviemore :) Saves getting 2 children < 5 on a plane...
11:30 am on Jan 15, 2008 (gmt 0)

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It is raining again today, a bit heavy, and streets seems to be all flooded :)

There is this news, since the people here are not accustomed to rains, don't know much how to behave on the highways when it is wet, an accident happens every two minutes.

It is at those times, that you shouldn't only worry about your own moves on the streets, but all the cars surrounding you.

11:39 am on Jan 15, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I am traveling through Dubai airport

BeeDeeDubbleU, I once stopped off in Dubai airport a few years ago, not for as long as 8 hours but I recommend the hummus, which I think came with slices of toast.

I guess you'll probably need to do something other than just eat hummus for 8 hours though!

1:51 pm on Jan 15, 2008 (gmt 0)

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eat hummus for 8 hours though!

That could be catastrophic - even without added complication of a plane journey.

12:45 pm on Jan 17, 2008 (gmt 0)

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assuming there is an implicit talk of global warming in this thread

- more rain less snow in places
- only rain and floods in other places
- the occasional snow is great here

Do forumers think
- man is causing global warming
- cosmic forces are causing global warming (other planets have been getting warmer)
- natural heating cycle followed by an ice age coming up

9:24 pm on Jan 17, 2008 (gmt 0)

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As long as responses to Monkey's post are in compliance with the Foo Charter [webmasterworld.com], no editing, deleting, and/or closing of the thread will be required. Other than that, have fun. :)
10:12 pm on Jan 17, 2008 (gmt 0)



Do forumers think
- man is causing global warming

Yes.. although exaggerated by certain pseudo political factors for whatever dubious gain they intend to extract from it. I know I'm on thin ice here but I hope that's allowed.

- cosmic forces are causing global warming (other planets have been getting warmer)

Cosmic forces rule. They will, in the end, prevail.

- natural heating cycle followed by an ice age coming up

Sure. See "Cosmic Forces."

1:17 am on Jan 18, 2008 (gmt 0)

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It is raining again today, a bit heavy, and streets seems to be all flooded

I am glad you said that because Dubai is one place you really do not want some seriously heavy rain. The drainage system cannot cope.

I hate to think what could happen if it did ever rain a lot there, and I am not talking of the traffic, but the islands and all the building foundations.

1:34 am on Jan 18, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I think it is a crass conceit to think that we who infest a small area of the surface of this planet can have any effect on it's climate.

Climate change is a fact, and it has been going on for thousands of years. England has been the bottom of a sea, tropical rain forest, a desert and an arctic wasteland.

We are currently in a rare warm period in the recent history of this area; our "normal" state is mainly glaciated.

There is good evidence that CO2 is caused by global warming not the other way round. There was a compelling documentary on Chanel 4 a few months ago which took the figures published as an "inconvenient truth" where superimposed graphs showed a correlation between temperature and CO2 levels, then expanded the timescale for more accuracy. Surprise surprise the CO2 levels peaked approx 200 years after the temperature. This was put down to the seas warming and releasing the CO2.

The same documentary tried to find the origins of the current "Global warming industry" and claimed that it is all down to a British Prime Minister (no names no pack drill) who wanted a good reason to close down coal mines and asked Scientists for an exclamation why coal should not be used. Grants were offered and the Scientific theory was incentivised.

Thus the roller coaster began and now it is almost heresy to suggest that CO2 emissions don't matter a jot. Which they clearly don't because even if our man made emissions contributed they are such a minuscule amount of the total CO2 belched out mainly by natural causes like the sea and volcanoes, and CO2 is such an insignificant greenhouse gas compared with the main one - water vapour.

IMHO the real debate now should be how we are going to cope with the inevitable global warming e.g. stop building homes on flood plains, reinforce coastal defences and prepare to move whole communities. Driving a smaller car and putting a windmill on your house won't "save the planet" it might save you some money (eventually) but that's another argument.

12:11 pm on Jan 18, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I agree. Of course another reason for using less oil/coal etc is that it will run out eventually and we will need to have a plan B for when it does.
12:40 am on Jan 19, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I think it is a crass conceit to think that we who infest a small area of the surface of this planet can have any effect on it's climate.

Me thinks if we were just basic hunter/gatherers like tribes in africa and south america......then would totally agree

However, the issue is that we are pulling out carbon sinks from the ground (oil/gas/coal) and changing it into a gaseous state, spewing it out into the atmosphere. Our largest natural cabon sink (the ocean) is looking like it is starting to reach saturation point. Our other carbon sink (the rain forests) are being chopped down (wasn't there a Panorama program about the number of football fields that were being chopped down?)......and cities are hotter than countryside.

Water vapour is a greenhouse gas but does not hold the heat for as long as CO2. Also it can change its state more easily than CO2.

IMHO Think it would be wrong to totally exclude man from having a nil effect on the climate with industry, testing of war technologies, and the reduction of carbon sinks.

the real debate now should be how we are going to cope with the inevitable global warming e.g. stop building homes on flood plains, reinforce coastal defences and prepare to move whole communities.

agree - but why ain't it happening? heard some "houses in flood plains" won't be able to get insurance!

[edited by: Monkey at 12:41 am (utc) on Jan. 19, 2008]

2:59 pm on Jan 21, 2008 (gmt 0)

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agree - but why ain't it happening?

Money.

 

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