We Brits are ridiculed the world over for our obsession with the weather.
We talk about it, predict it, castigate it and mostly we moan about it.
But, for once, we have every right to keep it to the forefront of our minds as winds and storms have turned parts of Britain into a water wasteland.
Families have been left homeless and in tears and villages cut off for weeks.
The temptation is to lay the blame on the Almighty, but when the waters finally recede someone somewhere needs hauling over the coals for ignoring countless warnings that money needed to be spent on prevention.