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  1. #21
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    Default Re: New Met Office Forecast Terminology

    Quote Originally Posted by mjcoon View Post
    Is that similar to a fat chance?
    Broadly similar.

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    Default Re: New Met Office Forecast Terminology

    It is all too easy to criticise - and I often do about wording in forecasts. I can only suggest trying it yourself. Sail for 6 - 12 hours along a coast or a sea passage, say across the Channel. Then try to write a 20 or 30 word script describing what you actually experienced that will be understandable and meaningful. Then imagine having to cover the same for 24 hours. Then think of the uncertainties in a forecast. Inevitably, you will use words like occasional, locally, at times etc. What word would you use to describe a rather indeterminate low pressure with no well defined centre, no definable circulation of winds? Remember that the script has to be understandable over the radio. Flabby is quite acceptable and neaningful to a user with any basic knowledge of meteorology.

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    Default Re: New Met Office Forecast Terminology

    That explains a lot. I didn't know that Met Office staff had to complete a twelve-hour sail before handing in their reports or making forecasts.
    Far away is near at hand in images of elsewhere

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    Default Re: New Met Office Forecast Terminology

    Quote Originally Posted by johnalison View Post
    That explains a lot. I didn't know that Met Office staff had to complete a twelve-hour sail before handing in their reports or making forecasts.
    Nor do I.

  5. #25
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    Default Re: New Met Office Forecast Terminology

    Quote Originally Posted by franksingleton View Post
    Sail for 6 - 12 hours along a coast or a sea passage, say across the Channel. Then try to write a 20 or 30 word script describing what you actually experienced that will be understandable and meaningful.
    WIND: All over the shop.
    WEATHER: Rain at times. Even more rain at other times.
    SEA STATE: Very much so.
    VISIBILITY: Hopeful.

  6. #26
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    Default Re: New Met Office Forecast Terminology

    Quote Originally Posted by LittleSister View Post
    WIND: All over the shop.
    WEATHER: Rain at times. Even more rain at other times.
    SEA STATE: Very much so.
    VISIBILITY: Hopeful.
    I doubt that meets my last word, “meaningful.” But, thank you for trying.

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    Default Re: New Met Office Forecast Terminology

    Quote Originally Posted by LittleSister View Post
    WIND: All over the shop.
    WEATHER: Rain at times. Even more rain at other times.
    SEA STATE: Very much so.
    VISIBILITY: Hopeful.
    That was exactly the conditions I sailed in down the Irish sea last year! Were you there?

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