Winter apocalypse – maybe next time

Anyone waking up and switching on the TV or radio on Friday 13th January could have been forgiven for thinking that the end of the world was upon us – a record number of weather warnings from snow to gales to tidal surges – and what happened – actually very little.

We are pretty sure that we hear in the GFD Offices are not the only ones who have noticed that something has changed in weather predicting ever since that infamous day in October 1987 when weatherman Michael Fish assured TV viewers there would be no hurricane only subsequently to be proved incorrect as the UK was hit by a ferocious storm.

We now seem to have a situation where if there is any chance of weather that could be troublesome or cause a bit of damage we are presented with dire warnings to stay indoors, do not travel, wrap ourselves up warm etc.

Some of us here in the GFD offices were fortunate to see and feel sorry for a television reporter on the morning of the 13th (the name of the TV station is omitted to protect the innocent)- after numerous mentions of heavy snow overnight in the South East given by the newsroom anchor they switched to the intrepid field reporter. The poor unfortunate looked somewhat embarrassed as rather than snow up to his knees there was just a trace of frozen slush on pavements and grass verges- although the reporter tried valiantly to justify his location those of us in the office who saw the report reckoned it would have made a good if embarrassing comedy sketch.

Here in the North East we had warnings of heavy snow, gale force winds and tidal surge – snow some of us had a covering which had disappeared within a couple of hours, gales, they never, materialised, tidal surges, there was some breaching of defences but little damage and the story for much of the country was the same. How can they get it so wrong?

It makes you wonder what kind of warnings we would be served with if we had a winter such as those of 1962/63 or 1978/79 when much of the country had extensive periods of proper deep snow of 300mm deep or more – or even the more recent December 2010 with temperatures generally 5 degrees below average temperatures with significant snow fall.

Here at Global Door, we have mixed feelings over these warnings – on the one hand we do not like the “nanny state” reporting but conversely, we appreciate that if the weather is bad it is very good for the sale of our Front doors.

Our range of doors whether it is a traditional, contemporary, cottage,  are all designed to withstand anything the weather can throw at them as they are all compliant with the rigorous testing standards of PAS 23/24 which ensures that they are durable and weather proof and as they are factory engineered as a combined door and frame you are always guaranteed a perfect draught free fit, plus the solid polyurethane foam core to our doors assures excellent thermal efficiency. Whats more, each is protected by an Ultion Lock!

Solid sturdy and reliable but nothing is sacrificed in respect of style, accessories and colour options twenty-seven styles – fourteen traditional and seven contemporary and six cottage styles- available in thirteen external colours and when doors look as good as these and are guaranteed to keep the weather at bay they are hard to resist –



Front Composite Doors, from Global Door

if the thought of another “winter apocalypse” worries you maybe it is time that you checked out the Global Door, web site – the weather no matter how severe does not worry our doors.