The weather gods

Courtesy BBC

I don’t know if you’ve noticed but the weathercasters on the BBC have developed their own kind of weather speak in which they pronounce as if they are god like beings who control our weather. Sounds a bit over the top? Helen Willetts for example introduced a couple of “We are bringing in” into her recorded broadcast on the News Channel today. When I hear that I have visions of Laurence Olivier looking down from the heavens through the clouds, dressed in his white robes casting down thunderbolts upon the Earth. OK, that was a bit over the top but listen-out most of them do it.
That aside she never mentioned directly any of the warnings that are in force for Scotland including one for 5 to 10 cms of snow that’s expected across the Northern Isles tomorrow. This was partly due to this being a recorded forecast made around 9am and before that particular warning was issued, and partly due to the fact they usually pay scant regard to them anyway. I don’t know how long it’ll be before this forecast is updated, but from the tone of that one you may get the wrong impression about the weather turning milder if you live in the far northeast of Scotland.

Yellow Warning for snow

Issued: 10:57 (UTC) on Sat 9 Jan 2021

Snow showers are likely to become heavier and more frequent through Sunday leading to 5-10 cm accumulating over Shetland. Showers tending to ease through Sunday afternoon. A more organised band of rain later on Sunday will turn to snow on its leading edge, with the potential to provide a similar 5-10 cm of snow over Orkney. This may also bring further light snow over Shetland into Monday morning.


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