UK Flooding adds to global extreme weather events

Even while the US East shivers in record cold, Alaska basks in heat and California experiences extreme drought (despite the recent rain), it is the British Isles that are truly being hammered by extreme weather. As much as some folks snipe at the oft-repeated phrase of late, the polar vortex and stalled jet stream lay at the heart of the weather chaos, behaving, scientists believe, in response to a warming Arctic and loss of Arctic sea ice.

In the UK, the implications for this “string of one-in-150 year” events hit at the core of political as well as everyday life.

“The water table is so high in some areas that flooding is possible even far from a river. 1.6 million properties could be at risk.”

The following video comes courtesy of ClimateCrocks.com

Featured image credit: Ian is here, courtesy flickr

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