It is has been a busy week for the Met Office in the media this week. It started with the broadcast of “Will it Snow?” on BBC2 last weekend. This programme looked at the challenges of forecasting severe weather and explained the science of weather forecasting. The programme, which included several interviews with the Met Office has been positively received across a number of outlets.
On Wednesday, following evidence by Edward Davey to the Science and Technology Select Committee, several news pieces ran on the work of the Met Office and the resources needed to support our world-leading weather forecasting capability. The BBC reported that the ‘Met Office more powerful computers’, whilst others reported on the work we have been doing to explore the use of probabilities in weather forecasts. Regular readers of this blog will be aware of the study we undertook using an online game to explore how people use probability information and others have reported on our use of probabilities of rainfall and temperature range forecasts on our new beta website. The Mail, Telegraph and Yahoo News all reported on this. Mike Hanlon wrote a very interesting piece in his blog about the use of probabilities entitled ‘New weather forecasts show just how far the Met Office has come‘.
- Chance of a shower? You decide, as Met Office launches new style weather forecasts (telegraph.co.uk)
- ‘Clear case’ for Met Office boost (bbc.co.uk)
- Met Office ‘needs top computers’ (bbc.co.uk)