With a lot of our rail infrastructure and most of Somerset under water, not to mention water levels continuing to rise across Britain it is fair to say we are in the midst of a national crisis. He might not be in the top ten list of people I love in retail, but when former Tesco CEO Terry Leahy spoke about the occasional difficulties brands have - from local service problems to major outage and inconvenience - his catchphrase was "never waste a good crisis". It stuck with me and comes to mind now; not least because I love a paradox. The idea of a major problem being an opportunity is a tough one for executives to grasp whilst it's all happening.
As a weather presenter, I get to examine the latest Met Office charts so I know exactly when I'm going to need an umbrella. But which one? Over the years I've tried them all. I've tried big and small, traditional and high-tech. I've been wooed with lightweight materials, sturdy frames, hard-to-ignore colours and all sorts of other clever new gizmos.
Back in the world of politics Ed Miliband has said that 'Britain is sleepwalking to a climate crisis', and while the polar vortex is gripping the States in its icy fingers Senator John Kerry has called climate change a 'weapon of mass destruction' and is due to make a speech that will apparently convince all climate deniers of the truth of the C-word.
While we can be grateful that we live in a country where the state can mostly respond effectively to environmental disasters, and local communities are remarkably resourceful and resilient, I can't help wondering whether some real needs are being missed... are we are missing a trick as a country if we can't find a way to capitalise on the huge appetite for voluntary action?
The great majority of scientists agree; so do most senior politicians. Now voters are tending to think the same way: the floods are probably the result of climate change.
These storms and their aftermath could and should be a catalyst for a major change in government's plans for revenue and capital expenditure. There is an urgent need for investment in repair and restoration work as well as longer-term flood and coastal protection infrastructure. Inevitably, this requires government-led revenue expenditure and capital investment.
Yes, 20 years is a long time, the weather's gone topsy-turvy, and memories abound. Technical faults, those cursed technical faults! Meaning the button on the zapper responsible for moving on the graphics would sometimes get stuck. I can't tell you the number of times I used a lipstick instead, pressing the top histrionically and praying the producer would see my thumb and change the maps. Cold sweats and controlled panic was the name of the game, but we always got away with it, and if truth be told, loved every terrifying minute.
On Tuesday, 4 February, London life as we knew it came to a 'special service' halt. For two days, disgruntled Londoners made their way to work above surface, furiously tapping tube lines into Twitter in a bid to come out triumphant in their quest for underground solace.
Science tells us that no particular adverse weather event either can or should be put down to climate change. That is just not the way climate change works. However, science also tells us that climate change will certainly bring an increase in both the frequency and severity of adverse weather events in general.
Nigel Farage wrote a letter for the Daily Express on Wednesday in response to a leader about recent events concerning a Ukip councillor and some rather bold weather predictions. For those of you that don't speak Farage, I've have provided this handy translation...
And the photographers, their cameras, and, now that I think about it, the morons who came up with the idea in the first place. That would certainly be one of the most satisfying, and constructive, uses of the flood waters that have deluged the country in the past weeks.
So it's hot/cold today isn't? Which proves nothing about climate change, and certainly doesn't mean that it's okay to continue doing nothing about it.
Millions will have watched with sympathy and alarm as devastating floods hit large parts of the UK over the last few weeks. Our screens have been filled with footage of 'rescue workers' working tirelessly for days on end to keep communities safe and reduce damage to property. However, what's rarely acknowledged is that most of these rescue workers are actually firefighters.
With the extreme winter weather and ongoing flooding events continuing to dominate media schedules across the UK, measures must now be taken to minimise and prevent such scenes of devastation occurring in the future...
January brings with it a much more vicious and ferocious beast than a few Facebook updates from Jen about how 2014 is her year (and that her cheating boyfriend can go to hell). Allow me to introduce to you, the January sales-seekers, otherwise known as the most horrible people you will come across in January (maybe).
On Friday 3rd January 2014, Britain prepared for severe flooding caused by strong winds. It's the third extreme storm that the UK has faced in less than a month. Last year at this time, the UK was battling freezing temperatures. Both weather events are extreme and abnormal.