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Here in England (and in many places) we have lots of rain. When it's sunny, it's wonderful and beautiful and great, but even in summer there's plenty of rainy days.
As so often happens, the weather does not respect human affairs, and runs to its own timetable. Hence the sad situation of gorgeous blue
sunshine days occurring midweek, with everyone trapped in their offices gazing longingly out of the window, followed by weekends destroyed by wind and cloud and rain.
So - what we need is : the Emergency Weekend !
When the powers that be notice a rainy weekend coming up, preceded by a couple of days with good weather, they just declare an Emergency Weekend taking place on the good-weather days. People would take days off with the good weather, and then come back to work during the bad weather.
With current forecasts this could be predicted a week in advance, giving businesses everywhere enough time to adjust. And it would mean more time spent with friends in the park drinking beer and playing frisbee.
Nature 394, 561-563 (6 August 1998)
(As mentioned by Ian and placid_turmoil.) "Specifically, satellite-based precipitation estimates indicate that near-coastal ocean areas receive significantly more precipitation at weekends than on weekdays." [jutta, Mar 15 2007]
||There's evidence to suggest that it's
precisely the industry working patterns
that have created the working week (itself
a wholly artificial temporal division)
influences our impact on the weather
(because us humans are important - we
have that sort of effect on a planet)
causing a cycle of rain on weekends. I've
forgotten where I encountered this info.
||Baked in Australia. We call them 'sickies'. Of course you have to go to the doctor and say "Gee Doc i feel a bit *cough cough*" then the doctor replies "Well I think you need a couple of days off" then you grudgingly accept a doctor's certificate clearing you to enjoy the fine weather.
||[Ian] The study you refer to was
in Nature back in 1998. The authors
that rainfall (just like carbon monoxide
and ozone levels) moved in seven
day cycles. They did not however
direct causal links with the working
||[bumhat] I would bun the idea if
emergency weekends were bonus time
off. The perspective of working 10 days
on end, though, (at the weather's whim,
at that!) is not very enticing.
||Grow mushrooms for pleasure and profit!