The Sun: Bungling Weather Bosses Predicted Drier Than Usual Winter

  • Date: 11/02/14
  • Tom Newton Dunn, The Sun

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.

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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”.