You've got the advantage up there of four distinct seasons when you know that it will snow in the winter, and can probably predict when the first snowfall will be within a couple of weeks. You can pretty much forecast when the last frosts will be and you can bet with certainty that you will get scorching days in mid summer.Yes, and many (new) people here don’t do to well after a few winters. You either love it or hate it with a passion. But with the massive cuts in state budget, the social services won’t be as readily available or accessible to many. So I expect a good chunk to leave, and more suicides in the future.
I'm surprised to hear that newcomers can't always deal with the cold weather because they must have known beforehand that it would all balance out with some decent summers (and springs and autumns). They certainly wouldn't hack it in our maritime influenced climate where we can only predict a few days ahead at any time of the year. It really is true that many places in the UK can have four seasons in one day.
So, just a little diversion to make you think for a moment...