Why is it that at times BBC weathercasters are seemingly so out of touch with what’s going on the weather across the UK? They may be on reduced manning because of the COVID-19 pandemic cloistered up as they are in the bowels of the BBC, but as far as I can see that also means they are only broadcasting live at 1.30 pm, 6 pm and 10.30 pm, with the rest of their broadcasts being taped and repeated from 9 am till 1 pm during the mornings and from 2 pm till 6 pm in the afternoons. You would have thought that would give them a bit of time to check out the weather across the UK, so why is it that they can’t spot the fact that temperatures across the UK are in the rather cold category today and not ‘a bit cooler‘ or ‘a little on the chilly side‘ ? As far as I can see midday anomalies across much of IONA range from 2°C and 6°C below average, that coupled with the wind makes today rather cold and not chilly. It’s so cold in fact that the freezing level is around 3,500 feet in the north and there is a covering of snow above 2,500 feet across many of Scotland’s mountains.
It’s not that they don’t know that snow has been falling across the mountains of Scotland because they have a number of Weather Watchers pictures to show that it has. In fact someone in the department has made one of them their ‘Editors Pick’ – and yet it’s still doesn’t deserve a mention in the national forecast – quite amazing.
The Weather Watcher picture that Sarah Keith Lucas chose to start her afternoon taped forecast strongly suggests to me that she is showing all the signs of a classic case of Chillyitus with a touch of Scotia Myopia thrown in.