So perhaps our reason for the weather being such a topic is that it is so unpredictable.
And is it also a fact that when we were children the weather was much more seasonable? That when Summer arrived we could expect long, hot, sunny days; that Winter snows would fall on time?
Or do our memories play tricks, dwelling on those long, hot Summery days when as children we could go off after breakfast in the long school holidays with a packed lunch, a fishing net, a jam jar and a promise to be back at a certain time. And did we really come back tanned, jars full of tiddlers, sandwiches eaten (probably long before lunch time) hot and tired from a day spent in full sun. Or is it all nature's way of embellishing things?
I write this as I look out of the window on to pouring rain on a late June afternoon. I have been into town and it is cold too. Yes, my broad beans and salad leaves in the garden are thirsty and will welcome the rain - as will the farmer who has more silage fields cut and is busy spreading slurry on them- but is a run of three or four days of reasonably warm sunshine all we can expect these days?
We know so much more about the weather in these days of television weather forecasts - we talk knowledgably about the jet stream, global warming and the like, whereas as children we tended to rely more on the old adages; 'red sky at night the shepherds' delight', 'rain before seven, fine before eleven', and the like.
My grandfather used to look out of the kitchen window and say, 'it'll rain before night - it's black o'er Fulletby'. The farmer's father used to predict rain in the same way by saying it was 'black over Zebra' (Zebra being a clump of trees on the moor above our farm).
I read in 'Weather Eye' in today's Times that the European Space Agency satellite on Venus is monitoring our weather and taking images of the earth 70 km above the surface. They have found out that the jet stream winds blow at seriously fast speeds, sometimes going completely round our planet in three days. The thing they are puzzling over though is why, in the last eight years, wind speeds have increased by as much as 25 per cent. This sort of information goes right over my head I am afraid (and ruins my hairdo too I would add). I think in future I shall stick to the old adages. Have you any to add?