Snow! Thriller of children, bane of public transport, lifeblood of Frosty. Yes, several years in the media has made the Sceptic Tank all too aware of the apparent need to crowbar in some kind of topical weather-related story whenever large quantities of the white stuff appears, almost all of which could appear under the Pulitzer Prize winning headline: "Look, it's snowing".
But fortunately we're above such tabloid antics - hewn from the rock-solid stoicism that made this country great, as Uncle Sceptic Vat used to say, we only report on winter weather conditions if there is a clear green business angle to be had.
Thankfully for all you snow lovers out, there just such an angle can be found if only you are willing to look hard enough.
For example, how would solar panels perform under the weight of a solid six inches of snow? Fortunately, comparison site Talk Solar Panels has done the hard thinking for us.
Options considered range from simply letting it melt - the "preferred tactic of lazy and short people" - to using complicated micro-inverters, and the ever-popular, yet rather less high tech, "hitting it with a hose" method.
But in the Tank's opinion, there is really only one choice: firing a sponge NERF ball at the offending snow drift in an attempt to dislodge it. Not only will it keep your eye in for when next door's cat saunters by, but if you time it so someone's walking past you're a cert for that £200 from You've Been Framed cheque. And that, as they say, is snow joke.
Next week, what to do if your wind turbine gets icy.
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