Winds almost non-existent…

Courtesy BBC

I don’t try to make a habit of singling out Louise Lear in this blog, but she does have an odd turn of phrase in her forecasts that just kind of grates with reality. In her forecast for today for instance she described winds as ‘almost non-existent’. Why not just say that winds are ‘light and variable’, today, because they are far from non-existent, and wouldn’t calm be a better way of describing them if they were? I think a lot of time presenters use these alternatives because they want to break away from the staid rather old fashioned terms that they think people either won’t understand or have grown tired of.

3 thoughts on “Winds almost non-existent…”

  1. They may be almost ‘ non existent’ but when you go outside the wind has a real bite to it so its not something to be dismissed

    1. In my opinion the BBC weather team once again failed to grip on what was an exceptional month of rainfall, temperature, frost and snow (everyone seems to have forgotten about the five days of snow showers in Scotland) until the last few days of the month.
      At times they seem to completely forget about ‘climate’, and seem content to keep rolling out lines in their forecasts such as temperatures are ‘under par’ or ‘really struggling’, without any sense that both day, and particularly night-time temperatures, during April were well below average. In their “Weather for the week ahead” program shown after midnight they ought to be a quick look back at the weather/climate of the last month. They could use then use this to highlight anything unusual that’s been going on with regard to temperature, sunshine and rainfall across the country but it rarely happens in the ones I’ve watched.

  2. 1saveenergy

    “Winds almost non-existent…”
    can’t be true … Boris said “UK is the Saudi Arabia of wind” & “Wind farms could power every home by 2030” (but that’s at present consumption; we need to x5 for moving to electric heating & charging electric cars)

    @ 01:15 Demand is as low as it gets (24.68GW), wind is supplying just 0.47GW 1.90%, that’s not enough to run either the UK data centers or the hospitals !

    Fun fact – Data centers consume ~13% of electricity generated in the UK, if you add in laptops & desktops, UK computing uses ~19% of electricity generated.

    UK Grid Live Data (in dial form) (in pie chart form)

    If we go down the intermittent renewables route we are in the $hit.

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