My friend and I were walking back to the car after our usual lunch out today. The wind was very chilly and there was rain in the air. The sun kept making a fleeting appearance. We were speculating.
When I was young we learned to swim in our local river - the Witham. As I remember it we started around now and we seemed to go down to the river every night after school to swim. Day after day the Summer days were warm.
My friend suggested that it really was not like that at all; that we only remembered the sunny, warm days but that really the climate had not changed all that much, it was our memories which were faulty.
The same would also apply I suppose to the Winters, when it always seemed to snow and we were able to go sledging night after night after school.
Is this how it was do you think, or has there really been a change in the seasons? Derek, walking daily as he does in the Nature Reserve on the Isle of Sheppey, talks today of forecast rain overnight and for most of tomorrow, rain which will without a doubt wash out the nests of all the ground nesting birds and almost certainly drown any chicks which have already hatched. Last year the drought down there made it a disastrous season, now this year it is the excess rain. Has it always been like this or has our climate really changed? What do you think?