Re: Weather update in the SW
Posted by Brickboy on August 14, 2020, 4:53 am, in reply to "Re: Weather update in the SW"
Can't agree with you, Lannis. I'm going on experience over my lifetime - admittedly a much smaller geographic era than it feels at times - where the frequency of short-lived but extreme (for the UK) weather events has dramatically increased over the last decade. |
I was always advised by my dad to buy the house halfway down the hill to avoid both the flood and high wind at opposite ends of the street. Many thousands in the UK are suffering from not knowing that advice, although it isn't helped by the immoral desire for profit of some of our larger builders who build on flood plains and pretend they are something else!
Chatting to a builder friend today, I was regaled with tales of houses moving after thirty years of no issues, patios cracking in extended dry periods then restoring their original shape after rain. The last two years in particular have seen very long, very dry periods most unusual for the south west and very wet winters with extensive flooding elsewhere becoming a more regular event.
I can say I've rarely felt too hot in England until the last few years, or, if I have, I've been confident that it wouldn't be for more than a week before the cooling rains arrived to 'ruin' the summer. I don't have that confidence now. I suspect our rainfall is similar on an annual basis but much more concentrated in delivery, causing many problems. I used to regard air con in cars as a silly American extra, pointless in our climate. Now I think it's a basic essential in a car - but that could be age-induced sensitivity or softening of my hardy outlook! Certainly, I see many more days, as has been echoed on here, where riding a bike is just so miserably hot that I don't. Never thought that before.
Still, as I said, my lifetime is the tiniest blip in the continually changing climactic conditions of the earth, so a long term conclusion isn't possible. Three thousand years ago, our Neolithic ancestors were forced out of the Orkneys by a climate change that ruined what was, on the basis of the remains, a fairly advanced and civilised society - it's been going on forever, and they didn't have big cars, industry or anything else to pin the blame on: the climate just changed. Such things happen. Having been fortunate enough to live through very little of the miseries previous generations inflicted upon each other in my part of the world, our current destabilisation in numerous aspects of society, plus the new weather extremes, does seem quite unsettling. I enjoy chatting to my dad about such things and pondering how much more secure my life has been thanks to the efforts of his generation and perhaps how, in consequence, less well-equipped mine might be at dealing with uncertainty.