The severe weather that affected much of the north of the UK over the last day or so has just shown how important accurate weather forecasts are in keeping people safe and well. Our forecasts were in deed very accurate and last night Deputy First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon said: “The conditions are exactly as predicted when the Met Office issued its red warning.”
Equally important however is clearly communicating our weather forecasts to make sure that the nation knows where and when severe weather will hit and then what the impacts may be. We work with agencies, such as local and national governments, the police and fire service as well as emergency planners to make sure they clearly know what the weather has in store, but we still need to keep the public informed.
We best do this with our partners at the BBC and ITV, where our weather forecasts reach many millions of people every day. These forecasts over the last few days have been extremely clear, accurate and informative, ensuring we all knew what to expect. Similarly working with national and local newspapers and radio stations across the land the nation was prepared for severe weather when it really mattered.
- Met Office issues highest warning alert as central Scotland braces itself for 100mph gales (Daily Record)
- Met Office puts Scotland on Red Alert for severe gales (The Courier)
- Snow and Ice cause problems as storm hits Scotland (STV)
- Scottish schools in storm shut-down (Scottish Daily Express)
- High winds followed by snow (Scotsman)
- Scottish travel alert after red warning (BBC)
- Winter blows in at 100mph (Daily Mail)
- 100mph gales set to batter Britain (Daily Express)
- Britain braced for 100mph winds (Channel 4 News)
- School closures in Scotland as 100mph gales batter Britain (Guardian)