Storm Dennis was a record-breaker.
The River Taff in Pontypridd was at its peak over five metres high, the highest in nearly 40 years.
A record number of flood warnings and alerts and a red “danger to life” warning for rain issued by the Met Office – only the fourth time a red has been issued since the impact based warning system began nine years ago.
Rain fall totals are staggering. 163mm at Maerdy and 156mm at Tyn y Waun, all flooding into the River Rhondda. 135mm at Storey Arms in Brecon spewing into the Rivers Taff and Usk.
And the winds battered us too. 91 mph at Aberdaron in North Wales on Saturday night, 88 mph at Capel Curig and 74 at Mumbles Head.
We’ll be cleaning up the chaos for quite some time but it seems we’re just going to have to get used to it.
Climate change is happening.
The figures show the world is warming up. A whole degree in fact since the Industrial Revolution.
A warmer atmosphere is unstable and holds more moisture. So our winters are getting warmer and wetter. And that means extreme weather events like Dennis are becoming more frequent.
Three since the start of this year in fact, with Storms Brendon and Ciara kick-starting the season.
Ellen and Francis will be next. And their impacts are likely to be equally as devastating – if not more.