Weather Or Not?
There's nothing we Brits like talking about more than the weather, but Canadians are currently running us close. The reason: the lack of snow at some of the Winter Olympics venues, which was blogged about on this site by my colleague Jonny Bramley.
Now, we can probably (just) rule out any snow during the Summer Games of 2012 - but the British climate should be an intriguing backdrop to our Olympics.
In previous host cities it's been predictable what the weather would be like: hot and sunny in Athens, hot and humid in Beijing. For that reason some events in 2004 and 2008 were kept away from the middle part of the day.
London can be more adventurous in its scheduling because we should avoid the extremes of other climates - but that "should" does, of course, gloss over what can kindly be described as the "varied" weather we get here.
Although extreme weather is rare, London experienced some very hot days last summer
I asked my colleagues in the BBC Weather Centre for the official version, and these are the seasonal averages:
July - Max temp: 22C, Min temp: 14C, Sunshine (hrs per day): 6, Precipitation (per month): 57mm
August - Max temp: 21C, Min temp: 13C, Sunshine (hrs per day): 6, Precipitation (per month): 59mm
So in theory from 27 July to 12 August in 2012 there can be an expectation of pleasantly temperate weather by the standard of recent Summer Games.
But London's last Olympics in 1948 had a different experience: a bakingly hot and sunny day for the opening ceremony that resulted in significant numbers fainting because of the heat - and then some of the competition taking place in miserably wet and cool weather.
The simmering summers of the mid-2000s are fresh enough in the memory for a repeat to be perfectly possible, though so too are the soggy ones that happened despite the Met Office's predictions of barbecue weather. In other words, nobody can have a clue whether London 2012 will be as hot and humid as Atlanta or as mild and at times wet as Sydney - or some of both as in 1948.
The last London Olympics in 1948 opened on a bakingly hot and sunny day
So I'm certain we'll hear a lot more about this. The London organisers have appointed an official weather forecaster - the Met Office - and we can only regret that the title of the press release isn't quite true in that they're not supplying the weather itself. That, as in Vancouver, is in the lap of the gods - and there's not much either host city can do to change things.