is not Cockney rhyming slang! I am actually referring to the
bitterly cold weather predicted on national television for this
temperatures plummeting below zero with blizzards, we seem to
be in mid monsoon season, with almost daily heavy rain causing
the River Wye to rise.
I am pretty sure that the Wye has not risen above normal levels
expected for the time of year but fear the worst is yet to come,
with more heavy rain and gale force winds predicted for Wednesday
onwards. Last Sunday
produced some fine weather however, with temperatures in the
low 60s and sunshine during the morning which enabled people
to get out and about, enjoying the spectacular views of the
River Wye in flood.
photograph to the left was actually taken in the Hope &
Anchor car park, which on Sunday morning was only navigable
by boat. I took hundreds of other flood photographs around Ross
but have just published a few here as there are plenty of other
Ross floods covered elsewhere on this web site. Below
is the standard Ross view from Bridstow Bridge and below that,
the first of what I suspect will be many cellars being pumped
out by the local fire brigade.
I feel that
over the coming century global warming will take place and we
will see much more rain here and climatic change elsewhere in
the world but, although I think the human race should take care
of the environment, the human caused 'greenhouse effect' is
only a drop in the ocean compared to the long term natural cycle
of climatic change.
It is always
worth remembering that dinosaurs were environmentally friendly!