There has been quite a bit of coverage of the weather lately in the meeja.
That's not surprising, considering it has been fairly newsworthy.
What amuses me is the blame game that's going on both here and in the UK. People are shouting for action. People want to know who's to blame. People want heads to roll, and naturally people are demanding cash.
Now the cash bit I can understand. If there is cash going a begging then why not stake a claim? People have had severe damage to their homes and businesses and not all of them are covered by insurance.
Naturally the BBC has to stick in constant references about Warble Gloaming, but mercifully they are the only ones I have seen flogging that dead horse.
So who is to blame?
For a start, why should anyone be to blame? Do people want to know who causes an earthquake? Are people furious that "something hadn't been done" if there is a volcanic eruption? Storms are part of nature. They have been happening on Earth since time began and will continue to do so. There is sweet fuck all anyone can do to control them, let alone stop them.
Granted there are contributory factors when it comes to flooding. More urbanisation leads to more hard surfaces so water flows rather than soaking into the ground. Deforestation means there are fewer trees to soak up the moisture. Crazy builders stick houses on flood-plains and other areas liable to flooding and crazier people buy those houses.
Occasionally I go browsing for properties. I have no immediate intention of moving but one never knows when circumstances may change, and it can pass an idle half hour. When I do my search, I look for certain criteria, such as does it have a roof, is it near a shop and pub, can I afford it and is it in an area liable to flooding. There are basic requirements and I find it strange that others don't consider these factors. That beautiful babbling brook at the bottom of the garden, that the brochure proudly claims is a "feature" could turn out to be a raging torrent some day?
If you really want to have someone or something to blame for the storms, then I suggest you blame the Jet Stream.
Unfortunately, I can't supply its address or phone number.