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Storm Bella

December 27, 2020

By Paul Homewood



There has been the usual exaggerated hype about Storm Bella:




Storm Bella has battered many parts of the UK, with winds of up to 100 miles per hour and heavy rain causing flooding.

Hundreds of homes and businesses have been left without power and as of 10am on Sunday, 113 flood warnings remain in place, where “flooding is expected”.

Two severe – “danger to life” – warnings are also in place, with Billing Aquadrome Holiday Park and Cogenhoe Mill Caravan Site in Northamptonshire evacuated after the River Nene burst its banks

Storm Bella hit Bedfordshire particularly hard, with 1,300 houses evacuated along the River Ouse on Christmas Day. 


In fact the “floods” around Bedford had nothing whatsoever to do with “Storm Bella”. The River Ouse had already burst its banks by Christmas Day, following a couple of days of heavy rainfall during the week.

There is nothing unusual about this sort of occurrence, which happens often in winter. Quite rightly, the Environment Agency urged the evacuation of the 1300 houses, following warnings about potential flooding that might be caused by Bella.

In the event, Bedford did not receive much rain yesterday, and consequently the Environment Agency has already lifted its Severe Flood Warning for the town, and river levels have been falling since yesterday.

Photos of the floods show the sort of scenes that are commonplace somewhere in England every winter, with low lying fields under water, and a few inches of water along embankments:

Emergency services have described the flooding as a 'dreadful situation'

High waters in Bedford

Three women sat on bench in floodwaters in Bedford



Perhaps this picture sums up what a storm in a teacup Bella has been!





There have been reports that the increasingly left wing LBC has reported rainfall of 80mm yesterday.

I cannot find corroboration, but I suspect the dopey little reporter had actually seen this:


And assumed that Achnagart was some where near Bedford, instead of up in the Scottish Highlands, where such rainfall totals are hardly unknown!

  1. Lez permalink
    December 27, 2020 2:24 pm

    The LBC reporter this morning said that the amount of rainfall at Bedford was 8cms (which she helpfully informed us is the combined length of two iphones!!)

    • Penda100 permalink
      December 27, 2020 3:15 pm

      That would be the latest miniature iPhones.

    • saveenergy permalink
      December 28, 2020 8:59 am

      For the digitally challenged …
      8cms = 80mm =3 1/8 inches = the length of my thumb = length of a credit card (85mm)

  2. Lez permalink
    December 27, 2020 2:49 pm

    I’ve been onto the LBC website in an attempt to find a record of this report, but there’s nothing to be found.
    The reporter was describing the flooding at Bedford. What I found bewildering was how she chose to equate rainfall levels to the length of an iphone (or multiples thereof).

  3. gerrygoldwyre permalink
    December 27, 2020 2:56 pm

    Good call However shocked to the core that we may get heavy rain and even snow in winter What is happening? Gerry Sent via BT Email App


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  4. AndreB permalink
    December 27, 2020 3:05 pm

    The innumerate cretins at LBC can’t even measure an iPhone. My modestly-sized iPhone is 14cm x 7cm. They obviously think their listeners are as stupid as themselves.

  5. Lorde Late permalink
    December 27, 2020 3:29 pm

    The human race appears to be getting less intelligent day by day, The more I read in different media fills me with despair, eveb the DT has got more stoopid(sic) as time goes by.

  6. sean permalink
    December 27, 2020 3:52 pm

    there has been a marked decline in basic arithmetic and spelling in all branches of the media.

    • December 27, 2020 7:59 pm

      As long as the shouty climate propaganda gets across — job done.

  7. MrGrimNasty permalink
    December 27, 2020 4:10 pm

    Highest gust exposed here on the South Coast was 62mph, they quote The Needles 106mph as if it were the general level and not an extreme exception.

    Another example of an old film exposing the climate/air pollution scam: – Operation Crossbow has a shot over the London skyline as it was in 1965 at the end – the state of the air/smog is unbelievable, and strangely, then, no one had air pollution as a cause on their death certificate as per the politically motivated stunts of late.

  8. bobn permalink
    December 27, 2020 5:00 pm

    Shock, horror. Flood plains get flooded – as they are designed to do every year. Next they’ll be shocked to discover that rivers contain water.

  9. Nancy & John Hultquist permalink
    December 27, 2020 5:09 pm

    Some people don’t have an iPhone.
    I think the length is about the same as Pinocchio’s nose.

  10. Mad Mike permalink
    December 27, 2020 6:07 pm

    If the EA was doing it’s job properly and dredging the rivers there might not be so much flooding. We had this argument with them very early this year and were told quite firmly that habitat was their priority and dredging our river was not going to happen. The outcome of this is vegetation continues to grow in the river and the river’s capacity continues to diminish. Its only a matter of time before our village has flooding issues again. I suspect that, as it is EA policy, the same thing is happening all over country.

    • Neil Wilkinson permalink
      December 27, 2020 6:59 pm

      It seems to escape the greens that rivers are drainage channels first and foremost

      • Duker permalink
        December 27, 2020 7:41 pm

        They cant even improve the water quality either, its gone backwards , the main reason the EA was put in charge of rivers in the first place.

    • It doesn't add up... permalink
      December 27, 2020 11:51 pm

      I have noted that following the recent furore over the farmer who dared to indulge in some anti flooding measures on the River Lugg near Mortimer’s Cross above Leominster the river seemed to evacuate without causing flooding either up or downstream of his actions. The EA were of course furious that he had done the work they should have done.

  11. Ian Wileon permalink
    December 27, 2020 7:22 pm

    Bella – hmmm, does starting with a B mean we have had just two named storms this year? What happened to all that more frequent extreme weather?

  12. yonason permalink
    December 28, 2020 2:06 am

    BBC weatherman rehearsing his lines.

  13. December 28, 2020 5:29 am

    Maybe a product of frustration in the climate camp. It appears that they had anticipated that the climate thing would sail through like the ozone thing had done in the montreal protocol.

    • Phoenix44 permalink
      December 28, 2020 9:32 am

      It’s a human psychology thing. Activists who believe fervently in something just can’t cope with having large sections of the population indifferent or antagonistic to their beliefs. So given the chance they first “educate” the poor ignorant folk, then lecture the stubborn misguided thickies, then finally demand the evil heretics believe or else. We are somewhere between the last two on climate change.

      • December 28, 2020 9:48 am

        Never thought of it that way but i see your point. Thank you for this insight.

  14. stevejay permalink
    December 28, 2020 8:27 am

    The press should be held responsible for fake news and misleading information, with heavy fines and dismissals. Although this would result in plenty of blank pages.

  15. Phoenix44 permalink
    December 28, 2020 9:27 am

    Since when did we issue “Danger to life” warnings?

    Nothing more than propoganda. Maybe they should issue them every morning to car drivers? Unlike rain, cars do actually kill 3-4 people EVERY SINGLE DAY.

  16. Coeur de Lion permalink
    December 28, 2020 11:18 am

    The Met Office is hooked on the alarmist climate change craze. In order to hype it up they have adopted the ‘named storms’ strategy which apes American hurricanes- the horror, the horror- and enables a narrative of storm after storm – “Storm Bella is worse than Storm Alfred, and both are rather worse than Storm Ella and Storm Brian and we must remember Storm James and all the other storm, storm, storms.” When it used to be just another seasonal depression. And the Climate Change pages on their website are a disgrace.

  17. December 28, 2020 4:46 pm

    Here is the Google Street View of the extreme flooding of the Longholme Boathouse on the banks of the River Great Ouse in Bedford.

  18. JimW permalink
    December 29, 2020 12:39 pm

    Paul, the EU/UK TCA ties UK working with EU on climate change as if brexit never happened;
    Part Six, Title II, Article COMPROV 5, headed: “Fight against climate change”. Point 1 states:

    The Parties consider that climate change represents an existential threat to humanity and reiterate their commitment to strengthening the global response to this threat. The fight against human-caused climate change as elaborated in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) process, and in particular in the Paris Agreement adopted by the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change at its 21st session (the “Paris Agreement”), inspires the domestic and external policies of the Union and the United Kingdom. Accordingly, each Party shall respect the Paris Agreement and the process set up by the UNFCCC and refrain from acts or omissions that would materially defeat the object and purpose of the Paris Agreement.

    • dave permalink
      December 30, 2020 11:01 am

      One can always tell when something was originally written in French! The translation of a legal document into English always goes subtly wrong, as the ‘genius’s’ of the two languages are completely incompatible. The result in a contract, or treaty, is merely long-winded pseudo-obligation.

      Look at the word ‘respect’ as used in ‘…respect.the Paris Agreement…’ In French that would mean ‘IMPLEMENT’ or ‘use as a template,’ but not in English. In English it never rises higher than ‘CONSIDER implementing.’ English has stuck closer to the Latin Etymology, which is just ‘take a second look.’

      And consider the word ‘materially.’ All a future UK Prime Minister with a mandate from the people* need say is, “In the opinion of the British People – and that opinion is the only one that counts – delaying our time-table will NOT materially affect the climate of the Globe.”
      A Treaty with teeth would say, instead of ‘materially,’ ‘in any way at all, and to any degree at all.’

      *Chance would be a fine thing!

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