Met Office in the Media: Thursday 18 November

The flooding across Cornwall has dominated the media today. Paul Harris wrote a feature in the Daily Mail, ‘Swamped under 6ft of filthy water’ reporting on the heavy rain and flooding devastation across parts of Cornwall. Within the article he wrote “So what brought these floods to Cornwall? Well, anyone who watched a weather forecast on Tuesday night would have seen the ominous herald of a thick, grey vertical band of storm cloud moving eastwards from Land’s End.”. The Daily Express, Guardian and Times all reported on the flooding with significant features.

A full summary of the heavy rain that affected Cornwall is now available on our website.

The severe weather was not only confined to Cornwall, with Northern Ireland taking a battering from heavy rain and gale force winds yesterday as storms caused flooding and misery for commuters across the province, reported in the News Letter.

The BBC Radio 4 Today programme ran an update on it’s project to look at the accuracy of weather forecasters in the UK. More information on the accuracy of the Met Office can be found on our ‘How are we doing?‘ webpages, including the facts that our next day temperature forecasts are correct 86% of the time and that the Met Office is consistently amongst the top two operational weather forecasters in the world.

The Guardian reported on a new project to ask the public to get involved in looking at how climate change will affect severe weather. The Weatherathome project, launched by colleagues at Oxford University, uses world leading climate modelling capability from the Met Office.

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