Amid ceaseless downpours, a plea grows in Britain: Can’t somebody stop the rain?

By Griff Witte, February 6, 2014

LONDON — Let’s stipulate one thing from the start: Britain has never been known for its salubrious weather.

Great odes have been written to the fog, the clouds, the constant drizzle. From Shakespeare to Sherlock, the patter of rain has been an ever-present backdrop. Complaining about the damp is a cherished national pastime.

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