Ben Bradshaw

Working Hard for Exeter

Met Office

Recent criticisms of the Exeter based Met Office by the Conservatives and some of the media are unjustified. 

Forecasting weather is not an exact science. The longer the forecast ahead, the less reliable it will be. When dealing with snow it can be particularlu tricky, as a variation of a degree or so makes the difference between snow, sleet or rain. 

As a cyclist I follow the forecasts very carefully and have found the short term ones during the cold spell to have been pretty accurate. 

Long term ones are always given with a health warning – often not repeated by the media who report them. The Exeter Met office rivals the best in the world in its record and international reputation. It provides weather information for airlines across the world and does a vital job keeping our armed services safe in the field. It leads the world in climate change science. 

It’s a great asset to our city and we should celebrate not denigrate it. 

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