Like much of the rest of the country, Central London has seen winter rainfall in quantities not recorded since 1915. So much so, that the Thames barrier has been closed a record 40 times this year to stop the North sea swamping our foreshores, up to tidal Teddington. Even so, higher reaches have had severe flooding of river front homes with great loss to residents, as well as in much of coastal and riparian areas of West Wales, Central and South West England.
In between February’s full-on rainy days, we’ve experienced very gusty weather with litter flying, statics tumbling, and one fatality here when part of a building in Holborn blew down on a passing vehicle. In between the extremes, have been half and half days of sunshine sweeping away rain clouds, or vice versa, by noon. Temperatures have not dipped below freezing here, which for gardeners means that many pests will have survived to start predation earlier.
I’m extending my interest in meteorology with the Met Offices’ “The Cloud Book” – aiming to learn and identify all 27 types, plus the special formations. February has seen some classic, red skies at night – and in the morning!
In summary, February weather has been just as Longfellow described March:
I Martius am! Once first, and now the third!
To lead the Year was my appointed place;
A mortal dispossessed me by a word,
And set there Janus with the double face.
Hence I make war on all the human race;
I shake the cities with my hurricanes;
I flood the rivers and their banks efface,
And drown the farms and hamlets with my rains.
The Poets Calendar – March – Longfellow