Looking over their shoulder

Oh this is hilarious.  The Daily Express reports today that Met Office staff have a few other weather forecaster websites bookmarked. According to story Met Office predicts…a snoop on rivals:

“Staff have visited the web pages of four rival forecasters about 21,000 times in the past six months, a rate of more than 115 pages every day, it has emerged.

The most popular was the US-based Weather Underground, which received 15,463 web page visits by the Met Office.”

Market research eh – wondering how the others manage?

“The Met Office, although not directly funded by the British taxpayer, relies heavily on government contracts for the bulk of its income, unlike many of its commercial rivals, which earn their living solely by the quality of their forecasting services.”

I seem to remember that indirect number as ~£200 Million. 

This reminds me about the tale of the Indian Chief and the National Weather Service (various sources found):

It was autumn, and the Indians on the remote reservation asked their new Chief if the winter was going to be cold or mild. Since he was a new Indian Chief in a modern society, he had never been taught the old secrets, and when he looked at the sky, he couldn’t tell what the weather was going to be. Nevertheless, to be on the safe side, he replied to his tribe that the winter was indeed going to be cold and that the members of the village should collect wood to be prepared. But also being a practical leader, after several days he got an idea. He went to the phone booth, called the National Weather Service and asked,
“Is the coming winter going to be cold?”
“It looks like this winter is going to be quite cold indeed,” the meteorologist at the weather service responded.
So the Chief went back to his people and told them to collect even more wood in order to be prepared. A week later he called the National Weather Service again.
“Is it going to be a very cold winter?”
“Yes,” the man at National Weather Service again replied, “it’s going to be a very cold winter.”
The Chief again went back to his people and ordered them to collect every scrap of wood they could find. Two weeks later he called the National Weather Service again.
“Are you absolutely sure that the winter is going to be very cold?”
“Absolutely,” the man replied. “It’s going to be one of the coldest winters ever.”
“How can you be so sure?” the Chief asked.
The weatherman replied, “The Indians are collecting wood like crazy!”

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11 Responses to Looking over their shoulder

  1. edmh says:

    What was interesting is that do not seem to look at Piers Corbyn weatheraction site who has managed to get a few things much righter that the MO over a long period of time.

  2. Bloke down the pub says:

    It makes a change from the fir cone and the piece of seaweed that they used to rely on.

  3. Another Ian says:

    For weekend reading – a different sort of shoulder

    “Anatomy Of A Government FUBAR – ObamaCare Style”

    http://strata-sphere.com/blog/index.php/archives/20037#more-20037

    and

    “Healthcare.gov A Huge Gov-Run Botch-Job”

    http://strata-sphere.com/blog/index.php/archives/20064

  4. John Robertson says:

    Aussie Alert, the new Australian government has told the IPCC where to go, check out Jo Nova’s current post.
    The feet of clay are getting water jets played across them.
    Maybe my canadian government can be convinced to grow a spine and support our Allies.

  5. ” edmh on October 14, 2013 at 4:40 am
    What was interesting is that do not seem to look at Piers Corbyn weatheraction site who has managed to get a few things much righter that the MO over a long period of time. ”

    Piers Corbyn’s forecasts have to be paid for. Whereas the Met office needs a £200 million Super Computer, to keep track of other’s free to air forecasts.

  6. Bloke down the pub says:

    Sorry Verity that we don’t get to see your take on life here so much these days, you’re missed.
    Have a Happy Christmas Bdtp

    • Verity Jones says:

      Thank you so much for saying that! Flattery will get you everywhere. I have been keeping busy and had started the odd post, but never completed any. I’ve always thought that quality is better than quantity, but in the past have been guilty of posting something – just for the sake of a post and that is not a good habit to develop.

      Planning for the coming year to bring good habits and more free time for blogging 🙂

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