Coming out in sympathy with the French hurricane, Britain’s weather bureaucracy has been taking measures to deal with severe weather conditions, such as raising the Thames barrier. I know the television has been showing ‘weather’ but did anyone see any or hear of any where they live? I enjoyed a calm and peaceful weekend in Shropshire. I spoke to my nephew in London who never mentioned anything untoward.
Given all the strange lack of reporting of Hurricane Xynthia which hit the French coast at full power on Sunday, I wondered if Britain’s weather reporters were coming out in sympathy declaring severe weather in ‘many parts of the country’ as part of the cover-up, to help Sarkozy cover his backside.
Tell me, did you get hit with high winds and storms where you live yesterday?
EXTRACT – The number of homes and businesses at risk is increasing from a combination of building on floodplains and the effects of climate change, which meteorologists say is resulting in much heavier downpours and rainstorms, punctuated by dry periods.
Engineers in the UK have been taking advice from their counterparts in tropical countries where torrential downpours are a frequent occurrence. The London mayor’s office is considering proposals for a second Thames barrier to back up the existing structure. Two decades ago it was raised only rarely, but it sees frequent service today as the flooding threat has grown.
Am I sensing a bandwagon and bureaucrats trying to climb onto it? Or did people really get hit on Sunday? If these storms were more imaginary than real, we have a very odd situation – a hurricane which actually happened in France, reduced in status to a ‘storm’, but a quiet day in Britain elevated into a serious weather crisis.
Even the weather seems to have gone political.