Was Britain Really Hit With Storms On Sunday?

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?

BBC Report.

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.

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4 Responses to “Was Britain Really Hit With Storms On Sunday?”

  1. Stuart Fairney says:

    As you probably know, the barrier is raised more often, but it’s not because of the “flooding threat”

  2. Twig says:

    Well I was driving back from Birmingham on Saturday and I had to switch my windscreen wipers on to intermittant wipe to deal the weather. To be fair, at one point I had to switch them to full power, for about 30 seconds.

    “Piotr M. Kaczynski works for the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), a think tank which claims “high standards of academic excellence” through “quality research”. Roughly a third of its funding comes from EU institutions and national governments, and one of its main research areas is climate change (it gave a number of presentations at Copenhagen).
    And one of its leading “thinkers” believes that the earthquakes in Haiti and Chile were caused by climate change.

    But remember, it’s the sceptics who need educating.”


  3. Mike Spilligan says:

    I was going to drive to Kent yesterday (Sunday) but postponed it because of the “severe weather” warning from the Met Office.
    But don’t worry, the Met boys will get their £12 millions in bonuses next year for doing a brilliant job.

  4. tapestry says:

    I can understand the MET being cautious and forecasting incorrectly. But I find it hard to understand how the ‘News’ can then report that the storms actually happened when they apparently didn’t.

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