Severe weather warnings and the BBC

What is the point of the UKMO issuing severe weather warnings for ice and snow if the BBC never display them? Is it because Meteogroup and the BBC would prefer to leave them out because those yellow blobs clutter up their nice graphics perhaps? Is it down to the BBC presenters to decide on a case by case basis whether they should display a warning in a graphic? Is just mentioning ice in their forecast enough? It seems to me that warnings for severe strong winds and heavy rain are the most frequently seen in BBC national forecasts, warnings for snow and ice seem to depend more on their distance from the home counties whether or not they are used. Perhaps there’s not enough liaising going on between Meteogroup and the great Oz down in Exeter?

Take for example this mornings yellow warning for a ice for much of the north of the country for later today and Tuesday. The Met Office issued this warning at the same time Carol Kirkwood recorded her “Hello again…” forecast, a forecast that will be repeatedly broadcast for the rest of the morning on the news channel a half dozen times or more. In that forecast although she does speak of ice she doesn’t include the yellow warning in her graphics – she couldn’t because it hadn’t been issued. The 05 UTC temperature graphic that she does show must give viewers the impression that central northern England will stay mild early tomorrow morning, contrary to what the warning says. I can see the problem, but the question is can the Met Office? I don’t know what kind of relationship exists between them and Meteogroup, perhaps there still sour grapes on the Met Office’s part and open hostility between the two. Either way I think it’s the responsibility of both of them to better integrate and synchronise the severe warnings that are issued for the benefit of us all.

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