Storm of Controversy
All hands to the pumps – flooding and storms in the UK
The UK has recently been subjected to unusually strong winds and heavy rain in a series of powerful storms particularly affecting the west and south. The extreme weather began on 27/28th October 2013 when a powerful storm named St. Jude (after the Feast on which the UK landfall occurred) caused damage across large parts of Europe. Originating from the US, where fronts of very hot and very cold air had clashed creating violent atmospheric conditions, it was carried across the north Atlantic by the Jet Stream, a constant and fast moving air current flowing west to east.