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#1 Jeannie McClelland

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Posted 07 May 2010 - 05:16 AM

As many forum members outside the UK may not know, this is a Bank Holiday Weekend (Monday holiday for those in the USA) in the UK. Now there is a recognized weather phenomenen known as the British Standard Bank Holiday Weather Effect (BSBHWE), which means that on most, if not all, Bank Holidays, the weather will be, well, miserable.

My handsome hubby is from Yorkshire and I have White Rose citizenship by marriage. Now it so happens, he has a 3-day weekend this weekend. And it also so happens that we had snow last night. Not much, but definitely the white stuff. The forecast for the rest of the weekend isn't great and it is downright cold out there. So my question is, is this like the Butterfly Effect? If a Briton living anywhere has a 3 day weekend, does that cause the weather in that place to revert to the BSBHW and turn miserable??

It's May, for pity's sake. Where's the sun? Where's the warm? Where's the fun in having a picnic wearing arctic gear?

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Posted 08 May 2010 - 08:17 AM

Hello Jeannie

Yes, where is the sun?! As you say it is May and where is the sun?! :temper-tantrum:
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Posted 08 May 2010 - 10:34 AM

Hi Jeannie, as a White Rose, born and bred, I think youir theory is correct. I spent the bank holiday weekend in Paris, which had been very warm and sunny the day before we arrived. The weekend and Monday was very cold with rain at times- just like a traditional British bank holiday!
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Posted 10 May 2010 - 04:20 PM

Jeannie- I was wondering who was responsible for the lousy weather. To get to you in Colorado, the wet, miserable stuff has to go over me in California. So stop it- stop it now.

BTW what is a white rose?

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Posted 10 May 2010 - 09:35 PM

I'd love to stop it, but you should see our forecast - 90% chance of rain/snow on Wednesday~~

The White Rose is the symbol of Yorkshire. It's a stylized 5 petal rose and you often see it in the area on all sorts of things. Just across the Pennines (the spine of hills that runs north to south from southern Scotland through northern England) is the county of Lancaster and their symbol is the red rose. In the civil wars in the 15th century, the House of York and the House of Lancaster were on opposite sides and that gave the War of Roses its name. The folks on either side of the Pennines each proudly proclaim their county as #1 and somehow sovereign and separate from the rest of England. Not that I'm prejudiced or anything, but I'd go for Yorkshire, myself!
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Posted 11 May 2010 - 09:52 AM

Prepare for snow Jeannie! Winter has returned to Yorkshire - there was ice on my car this morning and It snowed in Scarborough today. Its sure to be heading your way.
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Posted 11 May 2010 - 10:21 AM

Oh my, Lizzie! Wait till I tell my hubby. What is going wrong with this Spring? They are calling for rain changing to snow over the next 36 hours and we may get as much as 5cm/2 inches. It's already turning quite cold.

When we moved to Colorado, we were told we'd have an average of 300 days of sunshine. I think they ought to offer free vacations to some sunny beach spot to make up for the deficit.

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