Met Office in the Media: 24 January 2012

24 01 2012

The Daily Telegraph has today published a correction relating to a story it published back in November of last year. In “Outlook fair for amateurs as Met Office releases data” the newspaper inaccurately suggested the Met Office had failed to predict the cold weather of last winter, the weather for the royal wedding and had been criticised by the Transport Select Committee.

The correction, printed on page 2 of the paper, and is reproduced below:

The Met Office

Following “Outlook fair for amateurs as Met Office releases data” (Nov 27), we are happy to make clear that, as noted by the Select Committee for Transport, the Met Office did warn the public of last winter’s cold weather from early November 2010 and that it did accurately forecast the weather in London on the day of the Royal Wedding. While the Committee questioned the usefulness of Met Office seasonal predictions, it accepted the accuracy of its short-term forecasts.

Following the publication of a scientific study on the effects of changes in solar output on climate change several papers reported on the findings that although solar output is likely to reduce over the next 90 years this will not substantially delay expected increases in global temperatures caused by greenhouse gases. The Daily Telegraph reported ‘Solar slump will not slow climate change’, whilst Reuters reported ‘Weaker sun will not delay global warming‘ and the Guardian said ‘Sun’s changes unlikely to slow global warming’.

Elsewhere there has been continued interest in the changeable weather affecting the UK at the moment. For the most up to date information check out our latest weather forecasts online.

Met Office welcomes findings of Transport Select Committee

12 05 2011

The Met Office welcomes the findings of the Transport Select Committee and its acknowledgement of the quality of our short range forecasts provided during November and December of last year.

The Transport Select Committee has also recommended additional funding for the Met Office of £10m over four years. This would go towards providing advice on possible UK weather impacts for transport and other sectors in the coming decades, that could bring significant benefits to those managing and planning major infrastructure projects for the future.

The additional funds would be used, in partnership with the UK academic community, to enable fundamental research on the drivers of future changes in UK hazardous weather and climate extremes to be conducted.


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