The nanny state at it’s worst

Figure 1 – Freely adapted courtesy of the Met Office
Figure 2 – Freely adapted courtesy of the Met Office

I just couldn’t resist adapting the wording in a couple of recent yellow weather warnings from the Met Office. It’s a total coincidence that I published this article on April fool’s day, because it seems that it’s now the job of the Met Office’s in these litigious days, to constantly remind people of what to expect in times of severe weather, instead of their own common sense.

Author: xmetman

An ex-metman passionate about all things to do with weather, climate and clouds

5 thoughts on “The nanny state at it’s worst”

  1. Now the MO have issued a yellow warning, for rain and snow, but not wind, for today until 23:59, which covers Whitley Bay.

    I would have thought that the wind would be more of a concern than snow here.

  2. The UKMO wind forecast is much stronger here today than yesterday.

    The forecast yesterday morning was 20 mph with 32 mph gusts at 22:00, but this morning it was 34 mph with 52 mph gusts.

    At the moment it is 15 mph with 25 mph gusts, which is about what they forecasted yesterday.

  3. “Met Office definitions are light rain is 4 mm/hr. Roads start to get nasty above 4 mm/hr.”
    Presumably anything over 4mm/hr is “heavy rain”?

    On Easter Monday, the MO forecast was for “heavy rain” all day from 08:00 to 23:00 here (Whitley Bay).

    In fact it did rain all day from 07:50 but the rainfall total was “only” 10.8mm, an average of 0.675mm per hour when it was raining.

    I don’t consider that to be “heavy rain” and if it had rained at a rate of 4mm/hour, the total would have been 64mm, not 10.8mm.

    I would describe the actual rain as “light”, so as far as I am concerned, the forecast was inaccurate.

  4. Met Office definitions are light rain is 4 mm/hr. Roads start to get nasty above 4 mm/hr.

    Love the warnings spoof 🙂

  5. Seriously, I wish there was a better definition of terms in weather forecasts.

    For example, I really have no idea what the difference between “heavy rain” and “light rain”, or “heavy showers” is.

    Michael Fish was a guest on “The Now Show” yesterday, and he claimed that in his day, the BBC would not allow the use of such

    terms, unless the expected rain was strictly within pre-defined limits, although frankly, I find that hard to believe.

    I know there must be definitions somewhere, but I am not sure whether even the forecasters at the BBC or UKMO know what they are.

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