“I’ve been reviewing the Met Office’s 30 day forecast. It’s littered with ‘caveat words’ like ‘generally’ and ‘may’.
UK Outlook for Friday 7 Jan 2011 to Friday 21 Jan 2011:
Temperatures look likely to remain generally on the cold side. It’s been cold for over a month; it’s more likely to stay that way than suddenly warm.
especially across northern and eastern areas of the UK. The East and North are usually the coldest parts anyway.
Western parts may see temperatures reaching close to average values at times. Without saying what the average refers to this is meaningless – average of 1970 to 2000, average 2007 to 2009?.
Conditions look to remain settled many areas, with precipitation amounts generally below average and with plenty of sunshine for some. Like ‘sunny periods and scattered showers’; meaningless.
Given the relatively settled setup, hard or severe overnight frosts may become an issue, along with the risk freezing fog which is likely to be slow to clear at times. Again, given we’ve had frosts over most of the country for over a month this is hardly ‘news’.
Updated: 1157 on Thu 23 Dec 2010
I sometimes think that, if I had a spare thousand pounds, I’d like to place a spoof job advert in the Exeter (home to the Met Office) local paper. The advert would be for the position of Professor of a new School; the School of Meteorology and Astrology.
I am sure that the skills needed to be a weather forecaster are the same as for a horoscope writer; the ability to sound informative without ever really nailing your colours to the mast.”
Complements of the season!