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Are we witnessing climate change in action.?
Is this unsettled weather caused by the Jet Stream now going to be the norm..?
Someone made a comment about humanity in the past being nomadic because of varying weather….. maybe we all need to accept that things are and will change and there's nOTHING we can do about it…
As well as the two severe flood warnings in Somerset, the Environment Agency issued 68 “amber” flood warnings in the South West, south coast and Midlands, with a further 229 “yellow” flood alerts in southern England and Wales.
Gusts of up to 92mph were recorded in the Isles of Scilly on Tuesday night while in Berry Head, Devon, winds reached 91mph.
Wind speeds of more than 74mph are classed as hurricane force on the Beaufort scale.
Devon and Cornwall police received 300 emergency calls on Tuesday night when at least 44,000 homes in the south west suffered power cuts.
Western Power Distribution said 75 to 80mph winds had caused “airborne debris” to fly into overhead lines.
The Met Office warned there will be no respite from the weather with a second Atlantic storm due to hit on Friday night and continue into the weekend.
Heavy rain will continue to swamp the country before the second storm sweeps in.
"There is a clear trend in the UK towards more heavy precipitation events over the last 50 years (in fact this trend is common over many areas of the world). This is consistent with what we would expect in a warming world and is consistent with what climate models predict for the future. Climate models also predict that UK winters may become wetter, leading to more prolonged periods of saturated soils, and increasing still further the risks of flooding. For example, the sort of wet winters we currently see over Northern Europe just once every 20 years could happen almost every other year by the end of the century.
"There's also growing evidence that human induced climate change is already increasing the chances of UK floods and other extreme events. For example, studies have shown that human induced climate change made the devastating floods of autumn 2000, the wettest autumn on record in England and Wales, between two and three times more likely to happen.
"When you look back at seasonal rainfall for the UK over the last 100 years, there is some suggestion of an increase in winter rainfall and a decrease in summer rainfall, but there is also a lot of year to year and decade to decade variability. The last few summers have been wet over the UK. Whether this is an indication of how climate change might affect summer rainfall is too early to say, but it does emphasise the volatility of our climate.