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Old 08-24-2015, 06:53 AM
 
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
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The Met Office has lost its BBC weather forecasting contract, it has confirmed.

https://twitter.com/search?q=BBC%2C%...ffice&src=typd

BBC pulls plug on Met office

Met Office loses BBC weather forecasting contract - BBC News


"In recent years the Met Office has often felt less like a dispassionate provider of weather information and more like a lobbyist for the climate change agenda. It frequently seems more interested in pronouncing on the long-term climatology of rain forests and polar ice-caps than providing the best possible bread-and-butter local forecasts for its clients? Yes, it's sad that the Met Office has effectively been sacked by the BBC after 93 years but it only has itself to blame. --Editorial, Daily Mail, 24 August 2015"


"The spokesman said the Met Office's severe weather warnings would still be used by the BBC"

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Old 08-24-2015, 10:52 AM
 
Location: St Paul's Bay, Malta
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It's quite ridiculous, but the BBC are cutting costs everywhere & it has nothing to do with the Met Office providing evidence of climate change...
They sold their iconic HQ in west London & split up things, so now BBC sport is based in Manchester & BBC news is now in central London. They are scrapping one of their most popular channels too, BBC Three to save money...

It is stupid though for a foreign Met service to provide the forecasts for the UK, they may as well use Accuweather...
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Old 08-24-2015, 11:00 AM
 
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I'm not familiar with how the met or UK forecasting works. What do you mean "foreign Met service". I thought the UK Met office provides forecasts from within the UK?

Isn't the Met office like the NWS providing forecasts? which work under NOAA? So BBC = NOAA?

Maybe NOAA is next? LOL

All I know is there is a model we sometimes look at (UKMET), not one of the best but sometimes used to confirm things.
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Old 08-24-2015, 11:02 AM
 
Location: Leeds, UK
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I'm not familiar with how the met or UK forecasting works. What do you mean "foreign Met service". I thought the UK Met office provides forecasts from within the UK?

Isn't the Met office like the NWS providing forecasts? which work under NOAA? So BBC = NOAA?

Maybe NOAA is next? LOL

All I know is there is a model we sometimes look at (UKMET), not one of the best but sometimes used to confirm things.
The BBC is the UK's national broadcasting company (like CNN but state-owned), and the BBC pay the Met Office - our national meteorological service - to get access to their data (i.e model output), and to provide forecasts. The BBC have now decided that a) the Met Office cost too much and b) they don't want complicated forecasts because they think the general public are too stupid to understand. They will now opt for a different met company to provide forecasts.
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Old 08-24-2015, 11:18 AM
 
Location: York
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I wonder if this will affect any of the Met Office sites around the UK. Presumably the funding from the BBC is a significant part of the Met Office budget.
We don't have enough sites as it is, particularly in Cities. This isn't good news at all.
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Old 08-24-2015, 11:32 AM
 
Location: St Paul's Bay, Malta
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I'm not familiar with how the met or UK forecasting works. What do you mean "foreign Met service". I thought the UK Met office provides forecasts from within the UK?

Isn't the Met office like the NWS providing forecasts? which work under NOAA? So BBC = NOAA?

Maybe NOAA is next? LOL

All I know is there is a model we sometimes look at (UKMET), not one of the best but sometimes used to confirm things.
The companies that the BBC are considering as a replacement to the UK Met Office to provide their forecasts are foreign, so they will not be as good at providing an accurate forecast...

Also all the BBC weather presenters are actually trained meteorologists (except some regional ones who are just presenters) who are employed by the Met Office, not the BBC, so these popular faces could well get the chop too...
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Old 08-24-2015, 12:21 PM
 
Location: Finland
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BBC, ahem, here's some useful information for you:

Helsinki
Dynamicum

Contact address:
P.O. BOX 503
FI-00101 HELSINKI
FINLAND

tel. +358 29 539 1000
Street address:
Erik Palménin aukio 1

Director General
Petteri Taalas, tel. +358 29 539 2200
Assistant Joanna Saarinen, tel. +358 29 539 2201
Communications
Communications Director Nina Kukkurainen tel. +358 29 539 2121
Communications Specialist Eija Vallinheimo tel. +358 29 539 2231
Communications Specialist Emmi Lehikoinen tel. +358 29 539 2088
Communications Specialist Anna Toppari tel. +358 29 539 4009
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Old 08-24-2015, 01:52 PM
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Location: Surrey/London
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If they end up with forecasts from the weather channel or accuweather, may as well get Owen to predict it. He would be more accurate.

Accuweather can't even get our averages right, neither can NOAA with their crazy snowfall averages for LGW.
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Old 08-25-2015, 11:25 AM
 
Location: Mid Atlantic USA
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If they end up with forecasts from the weather channel or accuweather, may as well get Owen to predict it. He would be more accurate.

Accuweather can't even get our averages right, neither can NOAA with their crazy snowfall averages for LGW.

Where does NOAA provide monthly averages for the UK? Only thing I've ever seen from NOAA comes from Climvis and the data is taken directly from Met Office data I believe. I believe an agreement between different weather agencies.

Climate Data Online - Select Area


Go thru and check out their Heathrow data for temps and see if they match Met Office.


I agree about AccuW and Weather Channel, though I think WeatherChannel is the worst of the two. I use our local NOAA forecasts most of all or our local tv news meteo's. They tend to know our climate better than anyone.
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Old 08-25-2015, 11:38 AM
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Location: Surrey/London
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Someone once posted snowfall averages and it said Gatwick averaged 46cn per year, when it has never seen that much. It linked to a NOAA page.
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