|Hornsea Mere, East Yorkshire just before sunset|
This is in stark contrast to the weather we have experienced in the UK on Thursday 5th December 2013 which brought devastating storm force winds and surge tides last night across most of the North Sea and parts of some other coasts.
|A lovely sunset over West Hull, this scene attracted photos from all over the city on social media that night|
|Misty fields near where I work one chill morning last week.|
Unlike the rains that affected most people in this area in 2007, this was different and more unsettling. This was mother nature at her most forceful and there was nothing anyone could do. The power of the sea is unrivalled. In recent years, flood defences have improved in most places and without this, the effects would have been multiplied many times over.
But it could have been worse. The phrase "dodged a bullet" was coined by a local BBC radio Humberside presenter this morning who rightly observed that the effects were close to having been a national disaster were it not for the work of the emergency services and local agencies and the public's good spirit. A second predicted damaging tide this morning did not produce any more flooding thank goodness. BBC provided local information on the radio that was both useful and the reporting was powerful and frightening at the same time - but at least the public were informed.