In case you haven't noticed the weather has been somewhat inclement this past week or so.
With more blizzards forecast overnight fears are mounting that we could see a repeat of last Monday when the southern half of the UK effectively ground to a halt, costing the economy anywhere between £1bn and £3.5bn depending on which guestimate you choose to believe.
Cue much wailing and gnashing of teeth about the UK's battered transport infrastructure, the absence of government leadership, the shirking culture of staff hoping for a day off, and, thanks to the ever-lovable Richard Littlejohn, the suggestion that climate change can't really exist on the scientific grounds it's a bit nippy out.
Leaving for another time the impossibility of engaging with wilfully moronic rabble rousers such as Littlejohn who are incapable of telling the difference between climate trends and weather events and are happy to dismiss the increased incidence of deadly heat waves and summer floods as one offs, while citing the fact the "sea is freezing over in Wales" as evidence the "eco-loonies" are all wrong, there is a counter-intuitive case for arguing that the recent snow should be sparking a serious debate over how the UK plans to cope with a warmed world.
The most obvious fact highlighted by last week's snow is the UK's continued inability to respond effectively to weather-related disasters.
Government ministers were quick to trot out the entirely rational argument that there is no point investing in snow ploughs that would gather dust before being rolled out for one week every two decades.
But the fact remains that both culturally - witness the huge numbers of people in London who did not make it into work last Monday when even with the public transport system struggling all that stood between them many of them and the office was a bracing walk in the snow - and structurally the economy is too vulnerable to freak weather events.
There is now a compelling case for investment in more resilient infrastructure capable of coping with the increased incidence of freak weather events that climate scientists now predict. Even if we can't justify spending on snow ploughs, we surely can justify investment on improved response planning and resilient resources that can keep rail and road networks clear come flood, fire or snow. The government did last year pledge to invest around £800m in improved flood defences, but it is hard to disagree with the Association of British Insurers view that the sums involved still look pretty paltry compared to the scale of the problem.
But perhaps the bigger lesson to be gained from the last week is that our businesses are simply too reliant on the transport network. It is inevitable that the economy will take a hit when snow or floods close roads and rail lines, but should it really be to the tune of several billion pounds when we increasingly live in a knowledge economy where the majority of the population now have internet access.
Effective home working technologies have been at a reasonable state of maturity for at least five years now, but still too many businesses are set up in a manner whereby they can't operate unless staff are reporting, present and correct, to work each morning.
While their rivals were complaining about lost revenue as a result of last week's snow, truly flexible businesses where staff can access the systems they need over the internet were suffering minimal disruption.
What is more, a flexible home working business model is not only resilient to freak weather events, it is also low carbon.
With the government committed to cutting emissions from a transport sector that accounts for about a quarter of the UK's carbon footprint and analysts predicting long term fuel costs will only rise the enabling of home working helps address both legislative and cost risks as well as the risk of climate-related disruption.
And it is not just office-based businesses that can benefit from home working. As a recent report from the NHS on its low carbon future showed, huge numbers of support staff could cut their carbon emissions and improve their work-life balance if only they had access to the right online systems at home.
In many respects, investment in laptops, home offices, fast broadband connection and secure intranet connections are likely to prove more effective in the long term than spending on grit wagons and snow ploughs.
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