BBC Weather Test plugged again

Listeners to BBC Radio 4’s Today programme may have heard Roger Harrabin holding forth about his little project to compare the accuracy of weather forecasters, the Weather Test.

We’ve covered the Weather Test’s multiple conflicts of interest previously and shortly after that we identified some possible flaws in the project.  But of course none of these have been given a public airing by Harrabin and the wheeze trundles along after a year of planning and a distinct absence of definition.

It was interesting that Harrabin referred to the Met Office’s nervousness about the project. Given that just about every outside agency and University involved in assessing forecast accuracy are Met Office partners in various meteorology and climate change, that seems to be over egging things.  Maybe the source of that titbit was Harrabin’s Met Office ‘deep throat’ who fed him the lie that the extremely cold early winter had actually been forecast to the government.

Perhaps the amount of time being devoted to getting his vanity exercise off the ground is the reason why Roger Harrabin’s reporting of the Met Office spin, disinformation and outright deception was non existant in December and January.  Or maybe it was simply Harrabin sticking rigidly to the party line in defence of his Met Office friends, thus furthering the BBC’s deeply entwined relations with the department.

5 Responses to “BBC Weather Test plugged again”

  1. 1 Tufty 28/03/2011 at 3:07 pm

    The BBC doesn’t really do impartial, so I don’t see the point. As an outsider, I’d expect this kind of comparison to be in place already under the auspices of the WMO. If so, then the BBC could simply publish the findings. If not, then why not?

  2. 2 stupidboy 28/03/2011 at 6:47 pm

    Apologies for being off topic, but what do they put in that Brussels water?

    “Kallas set out what he called “very radical, very ambitious targets” established by the EU executive in a white paper on road, rail and sea network needs projected for 2050.

    His vision included “close to zero fatalities” on Europe’s roads, “zero” petrol or diesel cars in cities, and half of all intercity passenger and freight transport moving to rail or waterways.

    “We are talking about the necessity of investment of 1.5 trillion euros,” or $2.1 trillion, Kallas said.”

    These people shouldn’t be allowed out alone:


  3. 3 jameshigham 31/03/2011 at 8:03 am

    Where then do we get accurate weather forecasting from – Iceland or Norway?

  4. 4 Brian H 02/04/2011 at 5:35 am

    It’s awesome and quite frightening to see the nitty-gritty of “dynamic conservatism” at work. No, no a political thing, it’s the sociology of group ostracization and suppression of questioners and critics. One of the main tactics used is the “silent” treatment, simply ignoring the disruptors of the consensus, and making them into “un-persons”.

    But it requires a very large majority on its side to work. That has broken badly in the US. I don’t know if there’s any hope in the UK and EU. Perhaps not.

  5. 5 Brian H 02/04/2011 at 5:35 am

    typo: “no, not a political…”

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