Tuesday, May 17, 2005

A change of direction?

Was anybody else disorientated by the new graphics used by the BBC weather forecast team yesterday? I get what they’re trying to do, using 3-D graphics so they can ‘zoom’ in to different parts of the country. It did need an update, especially since weather forecasting until yesterday was still broadly the same as it was when Michael Fish and his awful burgundy suit (it was burgundy, wasn’t it?) failed to predict the hurricane which wreaked havoc in southeast England in 1987.

But there was one aspect of the whole presentation I couldn’t get. Where were the clouds and rain? Then I realised – it was those dark patches, ON THE GROUND. And the rain? It was raining upwards!

Do the weather forecasters know something about climate change that we don’t?

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