In England, weather is often a favourite topic of conversation. We English are never content whatever the weather.
The beginning of 2014 has brought some freak weather to our shores. Since December last year there has been torrential rainfall in the south of the country leading to intensive flooding. The ‘Somerset Levels’ has now become an inland waterway. Many people in that area have been forced to evacuate their homes and farmers have bought boats so that they can get to and from their farmland and the local town.
For some reason the Jet Stream has become stuck and it is this that is causing this unseasonal, freakish weather! In recent weeks this anomaly has caused hurricane force winds along parts of the coastline. Some gusts peaked at over 100mph exacerbating high spring tides and causing waves that damaged coastal properties.
The torrential rain has also caused sinkholes to appear because of underground corrosion. Some of these have appeared next to residential properties, requiring them to be evacuated.
Moving closer to my Shropshire home the winds have been less severe but still strong enough to bring down many (old) trees, causing travel problems and damage to property.
Sadly the extreme weather conditions have led to some loss of life and some people have unfortunately lost their livelihood. The weather has also had a devastating effect on the environment and the land will perhaps take a long time to recover.
Once again I am impatiently waiting for spring…