"“We have lent a huge amount of money to the U.S. Of course we are concerned about the safety of our assets. To be honest, I am definitely a little worried.” "

Chinese premier Wen Jiabao 12th March 2009

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Timothy Geithner US Secretary of the Treasury, previously President of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.1/3/2009

Friday, July 04, 2008

Forecasting is a job that has its perils ....

Dwelling on success as a forecaster Lord Patel was looking for new areas to develop expertise and was drawn to this ad at the rear of this week's New Scientist.

Eagle eyed readers with a non Alzheimer affected memory will recall the post of April 11th 2007 Met Office Summer Forecast - Maybe Hot /Cold, Wet / Dry and the later Tuesday, December 18, 2007 The Meteorological Office are a bunch of useless wankers which detailed their Spring forecast and the outcome ... The publication of the Pitt report on the light summer rains which prompted the post said ..."The severe flooding which affected much of the country during June and July 2007 followed the wettest-ever May to July period since national records began in 1766."

During a subsequent and brief correspondence with the Met Office, Lord Patel suggested that either they fire the forecaster responsible or hang him/her from the nearest lamp post and that their pine cones and seaweed be consfiscated.

Evidently they have taken his advice ... albeit somewhat belatedly.... his application is in the post.


BrianSJ said...

reading this summer's forecast is very helpful.


Mean temperatures are more likely to be above the 1971-2000 average. However, there is a slightly enhanced chance of cloudier and cooler spells.

Rainfall is more likely to be either near average or above average. The risk of exceptional rainfall, as seen last summer, is assessed as very low at this stage.

Things are likely to be about average. Well, I could have been a judge but I never had the Latin.

Anonymous said...

Surely there can be no doubt that the removal men dropped the Met office's super computer on its head, during the move from Bracknell to Exeter.The accuracy of the weather forecast post move, has become shite.

As for the BBC's latest flashy weather offerings, even ITV's and Sky's 'basic' graphics puts the BBC to shame.

ziz said...

Fear not. With Lord Patel installed, the weather may not improve but the forecasts will ... well they could hardly fail.

Gemma is looking forward to Exeter, apparently, she says, she can't remember ever having visited Somerset.

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