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'It is extraordinary what a sadistic old crone Mother Nature is when you think about it. Even in a comparatively benign climate like ours, we have gallons of water thrown at us at regular intervals we can be thrown half way across the country by winds gusting to 100 mph or more, blankets of fog may hide practically everything familiar from view, and we run the risk of being blasted into next week by a million-bolt of lightning. And on occasion we even launch an artillery barrage of solid ice missiles at 50 or 60 mph- in other words hailstones- or utterly transform the landscape under a six inch layer of snow'.
In such language, Eden sets the tone for his new book. He now investigates further the extremes of weather we experience and the dire consequences for farmers, builders and above all insurance companies who live by a calculation of actuarial risk. But we have to reconnect with the weather writes Eden. However bizarre climactic change may seem at the time, there is always a scientific explanation for it. Only by connecting in this way can we have proper historical and scientific contexts in which to place the sequence of interesting and unusual meteorological phenomena we will experience in coming years. Freak electric storms, Siberian blizzards, Arctic hell, flash floods and cold snaps are all things we are going to have to understand and live with.