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January 19, 2010

BBC considers dropping Met Office for weather predictions due to poor quality and being overpriced

Well yea, if you predict non-appearing summer heat waves, and "warm" winters where the continent is frozen in a block of ice, the customer might just kinda wonder about the quality of the product they're paying for.

... as the BBC considers dropping the Met Office forecasts after almost 90 years.

The contract runs out in April and the broadcaster has been in talks with the New Zealand forecasters, Metra.

Again, accuracy is the issue, with the Met Office coming under severe criticism over the prediction of a barbeque summer last July. The UK suffered a washout.

And its forecast of a mild winter attracted derision as temperatures plunged to as low as -22C in parts of Britain.

A poll commissioned by the Sunday Times this weekend found that 74 per cent of people saying they believed forecasts were inaccurate.

However, the Met Office staff are still in line for a bonus, with a muted pot of 1m to share out...

Drudge ran with this story, but used the Daily Mail's lede, which is clearly not where the real story is. Heck, everyone knows these weather models are pretty much crap by now. The real story is the BBC, which has been totally in the bag for the warmistas, implying they're pretty much crap too.


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