Met Office has a 'Warm Bias', Claims BBC

A BBC weather forecaster has cited that the Met Office's super-computer has a 'warm bias' which has prevented it predicting bitterly cold spells like the one we have recently faced.

The Met Office now faces being dumped by the BBC after almost 90 years, after being inundated with complaints about its inaccurate weather forecasts.

The Met Office failed to predict heavy snowfall in the southeast last weekend that brought traffic to a standstill and this weekend a YouGov poll for The Sunday Times revealed that 74% of people believe its forecasts are generally inaccurate.

The Met Office forwards its forecasts by accumulating information from sources, including satellites and weather stations and feeding it into a 'climate model'. A set of complex equations then predict weather changes.

Paul Hudson cites the error may have crept into the computer's climate model because of successive years of milder weather. However, his claim was annulled as other experts claim that there could be flaws in the system, which was first developed 50 years ago.

Metra already produces graphics for the BBC, including the 3-D weather map introduced in 2005. Weather Commerce, Metra’s UK subsidiary, has already usurped the Met Office in supplying forecasts to Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Marks & Spencer and Waitrose.

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