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Reliable weather forecast?

#1
I saw three forecasts last night,ITV,BBC,and Sky.All promised rain and or thunder for this afternoon,here in East Sussex.
So what happened? no rain,no thunder.I had told the builders not to bother coming as it was going to rain.
Result?,yet another lost day on the build.
Is there a reliable forecast service?
 
#2
vvaannmmaann said:
I saw three forecasts last night,ITV,BBC,and Sky.All promised rain and or thunder for this afternoon,here in East Sussex.
So what happened? no rain,no thunder.I had told the builders not to bother coming as it was going to rain.
Result?,yet another lost day on the build.
Is there a reliable forecast service?
Well, if you will believe someone that claims they can see into the future...
 
#4
vvaannmmaann said:
I saw three forecasts last night,ITV,BBC,and Sky.All promised rain and or thunder for this afternoon,here in East Sussex.
So what happened? no rain,no thunder.I had told the builders not to bother coming as it was going to rain.
Result?,yet another lost day on the build.
Is there a reliable forecast service?
Not necessarily any more reliable than your average Sky / BBC / ITV combo, but you might as well read it from the horses mouth.

Met Office - South East England Forecast
 
#5
We always take what they say on the forecast and add 24 hrs this is when it will rain and not when they say not scientific but it seems to work most of the time up here anyways.
 
#6
For a fairly accurate long term [week] forecast, type 'falling rain' into a search engine and put your location in.
Works for me here in Hungary when I want to plan, say a fishing trip. It will give you predicted precipitation/max and min temps and cloud cover plus lat and long/nearest airport/altitude and other info.
 
#8
BBC website is fairly accurate; gives a 5 -day forecast specific to your postcode. :)

Correctly forecast that it was going to be p1ssing down all day today! 8O
 
#12
They're so bad at weatherforecasting here in France that now I either listen to the French shipping forecast or go to the British Met Office website & a couple of English websites for tourists in France & they usually get it right.
So my advice is to try the shipping forecast & Met Office website, after all if they can get it right for France...! :)
 
#15
There was something about this on Jezza Vine last week. They had someone from Torquay complaining that when the BBC forecasts were wrong it always seemed to be that they'd said it would rain and it then didn't. They also interviewed John Kettley who left the Met Office a while ago, who backed up that they do have a tendency to do this after Michael Fish's unfortunate utterance all those years ago.

The solution he had was to give the %age possibility of rain rather than those rather abstract black clouds with a little sun, which round us is a fairly good guarantee of a nice day.
 
#18
Very best 99% accurate weather forecast round here is to look at what the weather is doing in France then add 2 days and that is the same weather i will be getting.

Or look at Hollands weather and add 1 day.

Works if you are in the western part of BFG but probably not a lot of use to those of you in the UK.
 
#20
Outside the hill areas of the UK (Highlands, N Wales, Pennines) you're odds on correct if you believe tomorrow's weather will be the same as today. This will give you a higher percentage of accuracy than the Met Office, but on the days you are wrong you will be well-wrong, not just a bit wrong like the Met office.
 

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