In the lunchtime weather forecast on BBC 1 Sarah Keith-Lucas started her forecast by saying that the Met Office had issued an amber warning and you could expect another 20 to 30 centimeters on top of the highest ground is possible – WRONG. The text of the warning, which is actually very clear, says 10 to 15 centimetres are possible on lower ground away from the coast, and above 150 m amsl accumulations of 20 to 30 centimetres are possible, and some of that high ground could see up to 50 centimetres by morning, with drifting of the snow and blizzard like conditions. Sarah seems to be under the impression that 150 M amsl constitutes the highest ground in this part of the UK but it doesn’t. The amber warning area itself contains six of the seven highest mountains in the UK, all of them are above 1245 M where the temperature this lunchtime were around -6°C.
This happens more and more frequently these days in the BBC forecast when a weathercaster takes it on themselves to freely re-interpret what a national severe weather warnings says. More often than not with yellow warnings, Meteogroup and it’s forecasters pay lip service to them and barely mention them at all. To be fair to Meteogroup it was little different when the Met Office held the BBC contract back in the day.
And by the way Sarah, there’s an ‘r’ in Saturday.