6/13/2007

What a horrible day - NOT !

Sometimes I wonder if weather forecasters go home hanging their heads in shame at the uselessness of their work.

Just to summarise today. All week they have said we could expect heavy rain in Norfolk this afternoon. This morning at 8 o'clock, ITV weather, BBC and Sky weather were all predicting rain from midday and thunders storms. This was important to me because I was on a school trip today.

So with rain coats, umbrellas and all other paraphernalia for a rainy to to hand we set off. And what happened ? Not a drop of rain, beautiful blue skies all day and I've got sun burn.

How on earth can they get it so wrong ?

6 comments:

David Anthony said...

This is why I see regular weather forecasts as a relic of the past.

Norfolk Blogger said...

Yes, I seem to recall reading on yout blog about it yesterday. You made a good point,

The problem is, like rolling news, we have rolling weather, the only problem is that the weather is so wrong.

On Saturday, when we were hacing sunshine at lunchtime, the BBC Weather showed the current weather with a large rain cloud on Norwich. I saw no rain ?

David Anthony said...

Well, was it one of BBC's new fangled rainclouds or was it just a smudge on your tv screen?

Peter Mc said...

Weather is a chaotic system: small peturbations can have big results, like Norfolk not getting any rain. Also the Met Office has made its forecasts less precise so it hits its (no doubt government imposed) targets. And we are having odd weather, high pressure all round the country with one low-pressure system trying to push its way in from the Atlantic, and where those conditions meet the results are hard to predict locally - I sail for a living and don't like it when high & low pressure meet over the North Sea. The weather is not so wrong: forecasts are more right now than ever, but living in east Anglia you live in a part of the world where rainfall may be prediced, but the clouds (which mostly arrive from the South West) are all rained out when they arrive over you. Did you have to do a risk assessment on the kids having umbrellas?

Norfolk Blogger said...

No, we told them to bring anoraks that could be folded in to a bag.

Having said that and advised them that we expected rain, one boy tunred up in just a pair of shorts and a t-shirt.

Peter Mc said...

I blame the teacher....

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