The Sun: Bungling Weather Bosses Predicted Drier Than Usual Winter
BUNGLING weather bosses predicted a drier than usual winter, it has emerged. The Met Office’s staggeringly inaccurate forecast was made at the end of November last year – just a month before the record-breaking deluge began.
And the agency gave just a one in seven chance the three following months would “fall into the wettest category”.
On Nov 21, its experts predicted: “For the December-January-February period as a whole, there is a slight signal for below-average precipitation”.
The calamitous estimate emerged as Downing Street dubbed the devastation caused by the floods as “Biblical”.
And Cabinet Minister Eric Pickles told MPs: “Nothing like this has been seen since the latter part of the 18th Century”.