Wanted: one heatwave. The Met Office ‘fesses up

The Met Office has revised its forecast for the Summer: apparently, it’s gone from “great” to “it’s Britain: what did you expect?!”.   They’re blaming the media for having turned a “65/35” probability forecast into a “it will be hot and sunny all summer” forecast.  I suspect they’re probably right: but, given the media was always likely to report it in this way, why did they use terms such as “barbecue summer”?

Meanwhile, on the Guardian’s talk boards, Michael Fish is copping it, mainly for his forecast before the Great Storm of ’87.  When, of course, he didn’t get it wrong – or at least, he wasn’t to blame.  By all accounts, the nature of the storm made it difficult to forecast; plus the Met Office didn’t have enough weather ships in the Bay of Biscay to be able to accurately predict which way it would go.

Plus, as this clip shows, it was Bill Giles, not Michael Fish, who did the last forecast of that day and who said it wouldn’t hit us.  Oops…

There was a good comment from one of Terry Wogan’s regulars, moaning that he’d put all his barbecue stuff and garden furniture away but, now that the Met Office had said it wasn’t going to be great, he’d have to get it all out again…

What’s really annoying is I’ve got a (push)bike in the back garden longing to be ridden, but I’m too much of a wuss to go out in anything but gorgeous weather on it…

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