When the movie Singing in the Rain came out in 1952 it was nothing but a moderate hit.
The film is now described as one the best musicals ever made. Gene Kellyâ??s dance routine took a gloomy town under heavy rain, mixed it with an unforgettable song and turned it into an experience never to be forgotten.
The weather has this effect on people
All around us, night and day, the weather patterns are an important part of how we behave, react and feel. Weddings, birthdays, baby showers, kitchen teas and housewarmings become special celebrations due to the atmosphere that surrounds them.
Decisions on holidays are decided upon due to the seasons and cultural occasions that carry the signature of the weather patterns they are created into. Christmas trees are covered with snow and lights as they would be in Europe, Easter with the eggs that herald spring in the northern hemisphere.
In the south, spring melds into summer where the rains are expected any day now. Before going to work or sending children to school, umbrellas, dry-macs and extra socks are necessary; as are hats, sun-cream, water-bottles and sunglasses, all vital to the glare of the African climate.
The weather links our senses to the memories we have
So much is it a part of our lives that the weather is often paired with melancholic memories of the past. September is a time well known for the flowering Jacaranda. It is an image that evokes deep nostalgia during the African Spring, clear blue skies and carpets of fallen flowers that pop deliciously beneath open-toed shoes. Home-sickness can become a common ailment as sentimentality yearns for that which is familiar.
The world has seen some remarkable changes in weather phenomenon – tsunamis, flooding, forest fires, hurricanes and earthquakes. We are reminded that change can occur at any moment. Global Warming prompts us into remembering that the planet has top priority when it comes to protecting the atmosphere.
The most amusing part of the weather is that everyone has a take on it
When asked â??How is the weather out there?â? the comments have been both amusing and poignant. From Denmark, a writerâ??s response was simply â??Rain, rain, rainâ?.
Irish statements read: â??Miserable day whichever way you look at itâ?, followed by â??Blubber, blub, glob, globâ?. The one that struck the most emotional response asked: â??Is there a sadder sight than an ice-cream van in a torrential downpour?â?
Often termed the â??Emerald Isleâ??, the weather is a hot Irish topic of conversation.
Scottish comments were just as entertaining. Said one Scotsman to another:
â??Wonders amaze me. Why do woman persist on putting brollys up in that weather, coz they know, and you know, whatâ??s going to happen. (Laughing) Iâ??ve seen a wee wifey this morning; she must aâ?? been about five stone trying to put a brolly up. She looked like Mary Poppins! Didnâ??t know whether to laugh or tie something to her feet!â?
Yet another said â??I like summer in Scotland for the one day that we have it.â?
Often personified, the weather is seen in England as being â??kindâ? or â??generousâ? when there are sunny days, or â??crying as usualâ? when there are not.
From the southern point of Africa, along the Cape coast, the weather is â??slowly improvingâ? on a constant basis. Further up in Johannesburg the weather â??smilesâ? and in neighbouring countries, the angry heat is â??scorchingâ?.
As Africa waits for the rains the words of Arthur Freed will play in our minds:
â??Come on with the rain!
I’ve a smile on my face,
I walk down the lane,
With a happy refrain,
Singin’ in the rain.â?