booze
Miserable Winter May Trigger UK "Cider Drought"

Get the pints queued up, as there might be a run on that nice kind of apple juice that's so easy to glug down. The National Association of Cider Makers suggests brewers may struggle to find enough apples this year, after the wet winter over saturated many of the apple trees used to create the brew. Read More >>

environment
Careful, the Great Flood is Washing Up Unexploded WWII Bombs

The monstrous storms and very big waves we've been battered by so far in 2014 have been producing some exciting finds for beachcombers, with unexploded bombs turning up to worry dog walkers on some parts of our coastline. Read More >>

environment
Locals Suggest £90k Anti-Flood Sausage Won't Work

This enormous thing has become known as the Chertsey Sausage, the media-friendly name for a temporary flood barrier the army and Environment Agency have stuck alongside roads in Surrey. Some like it, some try to climb it, some think it's a waste of time. Read More >>

environment
Mini Tornado Made Cats Fly and Smashed Trees in Surrey

A quaint little British tornado landed in the town of Chobham on Saturday night, terrorising the local cats, damaging property and knocking out power in parts of Kent, Sussex and Surrey as it blew across the home counties. Read More >>

wtf
Ukip Councillor Suspended After Suggesting Gay Marriage Caused the UK's Floods

The latest bizarre rant by a Ukip councillor has earned him a suspension, after David Silvester wrote an incredibly weird letter to a local newspaper in which he blamed the UK's recent spate of floods on the government's decision to allow same-sex marriages. Read More >>

health
Can Bad Weather Actually Cause Joint Ache?

You might have heard grandma or grandpa predicting a storm because they "could feel it in their bones" and when a storm hit you probably thought they'd just cheated by looking at BBC weather. Turns out, their joints probably do get a little achy when it's about to rain. Read More >>

environment
China Plans to Fight its Smog With Artificial Rain

China has an awful smog problem, which means its cities smell, are difficult places to breathe in, and, in the most unfortunate extreme, give children cancer. But its authorities hope that it may have found a solution, in the form of artificial rain. Read More >>

environment
Mount Etna is Making it Rain Rocks

There's nothing like some casual rock precipitation to make you glad you packed your umbrella. Read More >>

chatroom
How Did You Fare In St Jude's Great Storm of 2013?

"The end times are coming! The great flood! Our capitalist iniquities are being punished by the old gods!" Or at least that's what you'd think was happening, given the hysteria surrounding this morning's windy weather, courtesy of St Jude's storm. Read More >>

art
These Minimalist Watercolours Are Made From Real Drops Of Rain

Most folks pick up the pace or seek cover when the skies open up and it starts to pour, but that’s precisely when Gustavo Sousa takes to the streets to collect some creative inspiration. Read More >>

cars
Finally, Someone Made a Visor For Your Car's Side Mirrors

Most cars have wipers on the front and back windscreens, and some even on the the headlights. But you'll be hard pressed to find a vehicle with wiper blades on the side mirrors which get just as wet and obscured when it's raining. So instead of just crossing your fingers and hoping you're not cutting someone off when switching lanes, try a set of these cheap £4 side mirror visors to keep them dry. Read More >>

giz explains
The Rainmakers: How Human Beings Control the Weather

Humans have been trying to control the weather since the day we traded in our spears for shovels. Cultures from every corner of the globe have worshipped rain-granting deities, and our sci-fi villains have been obsessed with flood and drought. But in the modern era, we no longer have use for the old water gods. We've got the technology, finally, to make the clouds do our bidding. Read More >>

facebook
Facebook's Data Centre Humidity "Challenge" Was Indoor Rain

In 2011 Facebook reported that its first data centre in Prineville, OR had a high humidity issue. Probably not the best condition for servers, sure. But it turns out that wonky temperature controls were actually causing condensation in the data centre. Like indoor rain. Like it was literally raining in the server room. Read More >>

art
Inside the Rain Room: Walking Through a Downpour Without Getting Wet

The first thing you notice about Rain Room, the sure blockbuster installation that was in the Barbican Centre last year and opened at MoMA in NYC on Friday, is the tropical humidity. The second thing is the sound from hundreds of litres of water pouring from an artificial ceiling. Finally, after your eyes adjust to the darkness, you actually see it: Rain Room, a 1,000-square-foot space that’s in a state of perpetual downpour. Read More >>

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If You Use Your Laptop as an Umbrella, You're a Bad Person

University kids: your parents probably spent a lot of money on that new Facebook-browsing instrument you've got in your hands, so at the very least, please don't use it to shield yourself from the British weather. Read More >>

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An Umbrella Made of Cork to Plug Up the Rain

Totally sustainable, naturally impermeable, and protector of drinkables, cork is an incredible thing. But more than being functional, it's all the rage with the kids these days! And we can see why. This newly unveiled cork umbrella from Pelcor is lovely to look at but with the added, smug bonus of knowing your all-natural shield is renewable, too. Read More >>

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