Sitting in my office in Glasgow, looking out on another reasonable day, I might be forgiven for feeling a bit isolated from this natural crisis. Granted, my weekends have been filled with an unusual amount of snow, but it is winter and I enjoy it so i'm not complaining.
However, I'm getting more and more confused by what's actually happening with this "almost unparalleled natural crisis".
I see soldiers running around on the news and some fairly grave sounding sound bites being delivered by high ranking officials....but the figures seem to suggest it's not actually that bad? Some stuff from the BBC for example:
Is this an unprecedented crisis? It depends how you measure it.
Certainly the rainfall in January across southern England is unprecedented in records stretching back to 1766. The soaking January was preceded by a wet December and followed by the start of a wet February. Storm has followed relentless storm in a way that makes the Met Office suspect manmade climate change is at play.
The rains have soaked the rocks and levels of water in boreholes are unprecedented as is the duration of the flooding, especially on the Somerset Levels.
But in terms of damage to life and property, well these floods are by no means unprecedented.
The Environment Agency says 5,800 properties are flooded since the start of December. A handful of people has died from weather-related incidents.
Compare that with 2007 when 55,000 homes were flooded. Or 1946-47 when 100,000 properties were inundated as snow melted.
Or 1607, when more than 2,000 people died when a storm swept up the Bristol Channel.
The comparisons aren't completely accurate because flood defences have increased over the years.
The Environment Agency says for instance that they have defended 1.3 million homes that otherwise would have been flooded this year.
Am I missing something? Why has this bout of bad weather prompted such a reaction?
Is it political, the south overreacting, media frenzy or it's actually worse than it looks?