Poor old Met Office! In the vein of “you can’t please all of the people all of the time” Britain’s forecasters are now accused of forecasting too much rain. Whether they’re overcompensating for the disastrous forecast of a ‘barbecue summer’ which was anything but, or just being realistic, some folk have cause to moan.
Tourist attractions in the West Country (Southwest England) are complaining that gloomy forecasts put off visitors. The owner of The Big Sheep in Devon has threaten to sue. He said:
“The Met Office seems to come up with such pessimistic forecasts predicting chances of rain when we’re enjoying sunshine.“
Devon, which I know well, is one of the warmest and sunniest parts of Britain, although also one of the wettest overall. In summer it’s not unusual for Devon along with Cornwall to enjoy better weather than the UK average. Apparently overly ‘alarmist’ forecasts are having an effect on tourist bookings.
After the barbecue summer debacle, caution took hold (see A Guide to “Metspeak”) but now the trend seems to be ‘weather extremes’ warnings, pushing the new ‘rain and floods due to climate change’ mantra. Nothing like staying on message.