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Our “Global Warming” Met Office can’t predict the weather – even after it’s happened

Like most people I just glance at the weather forecast. But this weekend I gave it particular attention as I’m up in London watching the tennis at Queens. On Friday, there was a great day’s tennis with four quarter finals including players such as Murray, Tsonga, Cilic, Hewitt and Del Potro. So, I thought I’d quite like to go and see the semi-finals, particularly as Murray was playing Tsonga.

I checked the weather forecast produced by the Met Office’s 2009 £30m supercomputer which can do 1,000,000,000,000 calculations per second. This is a supercomputer:

The forecast was for a dry day with the possibility of some light showers by late afternoon. So, I went onto the Queens website to buy some tickets. But before spending my £200, I looked out the window. For anyone who works at the Met Office, this is a window:

It’s a kind of hole in the wall, usually with glass. A window usually costs less than a £30m supercomputer and you can use it to see what the weather’s like.

What I saw, made me decide that it wasn’t worth buying tickets after all. Anyway, to cut a long story short. At about 13.15h the rain started bucketing down in London and continued till about 17.30h. This delayed the tennis from the scheduled 13.00h start to around 18.00h. Saturday was basically a washout.

On Saturday evening, I checked out the Met Office’s website for the finals on Sunday and noticed that the Met Office had their latest Saturday forecast available. In spite of the fact that it had rained cats and dogs in London from 13.15h to 17.30h, the wonderful Met Office were still predicting a dry afternoon with the possibility of a couple of light showers late in the afternoon. Just about exactly the opposite of what actually happened.

Our politicians seem to trust the Met Office’s predictions of Global Warming over the next hundred years or so. But as far as I can see, the hopeless, hapless, “barbecue summer” Met Office can’t even get their forecasts right even after the weather has happened.

But don’t worry, the Met Office has a plan. They want to buy yet another £30m supercomputer. I suggest they just try looking out the window every now and then.

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