In the span of a week, the UK has been battered by three storms: Storm Dudley, Storm Eunice, and Storm Franklin last weekend. 1.4 million homes are still without power, some for up to 72 hours now.
Why are there so many storms in the UK right now?
Jet streams: What are they?
Climate change has caused severe rifts in the weather, quite literally so. The storms, caused by large temperature variations in the Atlantic Ocean, enhance a wind corridor known as the jet stream.
Jet streams have the characteristics of blowing from west to east and about five to seven miles above the Earth's surface.
Meteorologist Becky Mitchell said:
At the moment we’ve got a really active jet stream, which is why we’re seeing so many storms track right towards the UK.
The battle of the turbulent weather continues, and Storm Franklin has caused major flooding in various areas across the UK.
Pouch-like clouds: Sign of improving weather
Mammatus clouds or pouch-like clouds were another site to see in the UK and parts of Germany. The Met Office has maintained a calm demeanour, assuring UK citizens that they need not be too concerned.
These pouches of clouds carry mostly ice and may appear to be dangerous. However, they are harmless and do not signify the occurrence of a tornado. It's more of a sign that the weather is improving.
The forecast for tomorrow reads: showers in the north are frequent, with snow falling to low levels by nightfall. Sunny periods and isolated showers are forming farther south, with temperatures remaining warm.
However, with so many natural abnormalities, it is evident that we must pay attention to our environment.