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Water Water Everywhere

There are days when it feels like the entire country is squelching under my feet.

Hardly surprising, then, that Met Éireann has confirmed that this year saw the wettest August in Ireland since records began.

Some parts of the country received twice normal rainfall, while Dublin recorded its heaviest levels in 171 years.

Despite this, experts with the weather service are cautious about laying the blame at the door of global warming.

The truth is, the Irish climate has always been unpredictable, with some exceptional summers (the glorious ones we all remember from childhood) and some which brought only rain and more rain.

With a record like that, its not easy to figure out what average actually looks like.

Scientists are less cautious in placing the blame for the latest news from the north pole.

For the first time in human history, it is possible to circumnavigate the pole, as the icecaps recede.

In a perfect demonstration of feedback looping, the melting means more melting will occur, as dark seawater absorbs more heat than white ice.

Within five years, scientists expect the north pole will be ice free during the summer.

And all that water will probably fall on Ireland.