http://news.sky.com/skynews/article/0,,30100-1276411,00.html http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/6911226.stm I am not sure if those of you who reside outside the UK are aware of the incredible rain and the unpresidented flooding that Central England is experiencing at this moment in time. On Saturday morning I put on the TV to find pictures of the beautiful Cotswold village I used to live in under water. Apparently the River Evenlode had broken its' banks at 1.00am and a 12ft wall of water had swept through the village. Our old house would certainly been affected by this type of event. Our very own Paul AKA Monty Dog is in one of the worst affected areas, so if he is online then he may be able to update us on the situation in the Gloucestershire/Cheltenham area. Rather than go into a lot of detail I have posted a couple of links that give you some idea of the scale of the damage and flooding, but I have to say that you really need to know, or have lived in the area, to fully appreciate what is happening. The thing that I find really interesting is the cause to the problem. I am a bit of a weather nut so please forgive this brief explanation. The Jet Stream has moved south rather then north and at the moment is passing over Northern France rather than Greenland. This fast moving band of cold air is hitting the warm air coming up from Africa and then diverging in the Troposhere. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Troposphere in an anticlockwise direction. The amount of water in this part of the atmosphere is incredible and is now falling to earth. Not only that, but instead of passing over the land, it is going round in anticlockwise circles and we are getting the amount of 1 to 2 months rain in 24 to 48 hours. In some cases this is 5 to 6 inches. 119mm. At the moment I am listening to Radio Oxford online and there is a very good chance that the River Thames will overflow its banks in Oxford and Abingdon causing the worst flood to these cities in 100years. I apologise if some of you have found this a little boring, but I thought that other members who visit England, like Rich, would like to know what is happening over here at this moment in time. Best wishes. Bob F.