The question everyone is asking lately is just what is going on with the UK weather at the moment? Flamin' June has become floodin' June with some reports stating that the British Summer has been abandoned and we are facing rain and storms until September, so what's going on?
Apparently, so the MET Office say, it's the North Atlantic Jet Stream that's doing it or rather the position of the thing that has moved down farther than it should be at this time of year.
The Jet Stream is a fast flowing air current and the general rule is everything above it is wet and cold while everything below it is warm and dry so June normally sees it sat up above Scotland so we get the hot, sunny summers and the badly cooked barbecue food, sunburn and the bee stings that comes with this time of year.
Only this year the Jet Stream has moved down and is flowing through the English Channel so the part of Europe that is below it, is tanning and the rest of us above it, are walking around with umbrellas.
So that explains the why the summer is rained off but there is a lot less agreement why the Jet Stream is this far south at the time of year and whether climate change is to blame.
It seems that nobody wants to break cover and say yes, the pollution we have been pumping out into the atmosphere is too blame for all this but equally nobody wants to dismiss it outright although all sides agree that the jet stream moves around all the time.
What we do know is that the longer the jet stream stays where it is, the more rain will fall on already saturated ground which in turn leads to severe flooding which we are seeing now.
So is it climate change or a natural phenomenon? If the scientists don't know then i would be liable to dismiss anyone who claims it is or isn't down to climate change but my thinking is it seems to be happening a lot more than it used to and as someone who gets sunburned and bitten every time i step outside the door in summer, i'm quite happy for the grey clouds and rain to continue.