Will Clodagh Come Out To Play?
By Paul Homewood
The whole business of giving gales cute little names has now become an utter farce, just as much else about the Met Office nowadays. It looks as if the they have been stung by criticism of their abject overhyping of Abigail and Barney.
From their blog yesterday:
This weekend the UK will see some unsettled, windy weather but at this stage the Met Office has not issued any National Severe Weather Warnings for wind. We have not named the next storm despite some articles in the press suggesting this is the case.
There are a series of low pressure systems affecting the UK this weekend and currently there is not a clear signal for exactly how they will affect the UK. We’ll continue to keep an eye on the developing weather systems and you can keep up to date with the latest on our forecast pages.
The next few days are looking unsettled:
Friday: windy with a band of heavy rain moving southeastwards, clearing to sunshine and showers. Turning cold following the rain with wintry showers over hills in the north, but with snow reaching increasingly to lower levels in the north overnight.
Saturday: chilly to start with some frost and a risk of icy patches, then an unsettled, windy day with showers or longer spells of rain, the showers wintry over the higher ground of Scotland. Gales will develop, particularly near southern and western coasts where they may reach severe gales, which is not unusual for this time of year.
Sunday: it will remain windy and further showers are expected, then a spell of rain looks likely to push across northern parts during the day. Gales are likely with a risk of severe gales in the north and west. Temperatures around average in the south, a little below in the north and feeling cold in the wind.
Next week looks to bring further unsettled weather, as low pressure continues to control the UK’s weather. It will continue to be quite mild for the time of year with any colder spells quite short-lived between bands of rain.
This will she/won’t she business is ludicrous, and it was always going to be guaranteed that the media would jump on the bandwagon, with their sensationalist headlines.
One might ask where Clodagh happens to be hiding at the moment, if she’s not coming out this weekend.
It is time that the Met Office got back to proper weather forecasting and forgot about exaggerating every bit of bad weather that comes along.
Meanwhile, there was only one Clodagh!