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  • Anyone else think the BBC weather is a bit rubbish now?
  • Premier Icon GEDA
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    After being away in Sweden for two years I am trying to use the BBC weather and it just seems to fancy for its own good. It looks like it is going to be really accurate but it is not. What happened to the nice clear symbols showing say sun/rain or sun/cloud.

    Premier Icon theflatboy
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    yeah i used to occasionally check the five day forecast on there, despite the fact that it’s generally bollocks. now i can’t even be bothered to try to find it – it’s so poorly presented.

    Premier Icon porterclough
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    It’s terrible, nearly as bad as their ridiculous TV presentation with the country slanted to make Surrey appear bigger than Scotland.

    metcheck.com is much more useful

    Premier Icon MrAgreeable
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    BBC is usually accurate for conditions but a few hours adrift on time. Anything more then 24 hours in advance is generally pretty unreliable too.

    Metcheck’s calculation of “real feel” is rubbish, and the fact that their weather forecasts go as far as a month in advance is just silly IMO. You might as well try and predict the second coming of Jesus.

    Premier Icon diggers
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    accuweather is pretty good too. Also has the bonus of having one Joe Bastardi reporting on extreme weather:)

    Premier Icon DezB
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    nearly as bad as their ridiculous TV presentation with the country slanted to make Surrey appear bigger than Scotland.

    It’s called PERSPECTIVE[/b]

    I use http://www.ukweather.com since the BBC web one went crap

    Premier Icon hora
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    accuweather is really accurate! NOT. Its thunder and lightning here in Manchester and that shows glorious sunshine!!

    Premier Icon porterclough
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    It’s called PERSPECTIVE

    It certainly does reflect the BBC’s southern perspective.

    Premier Icon mrsflash
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    The actual weather here seems to be a bit crap today.

    Premier Icon DezB
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    It certainly does reflect the BBC’s southern perspective.

    That’s what you want to see. But its because the map is shown with NORTH at the top. It would look strange the other way up eh?

    (Sorry, I’ve got thing about this silly complaint, because a Scottish hubby of a friend went on about it. He lives in Winchester ffs!!)

    Premier Icon clubber
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    I’ve found that the BBC’s forecast is ok so long as you take it that it’s always the most pessimistic view possible – eg if it shows rain, it may well rain but it may well not but if it shows sun then you can be reasonably condfident that it will stay dry.

    Premier Icon crouch_potato
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    BBC online is very poor. Try mwis. If there is no forecast applicable to you then unfortunately you’ve moved back to somewhere rubbish. 😉

    Premier Icon mountaincarrot
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    BBC weather presentations went pretty crap some years ago when they removed pressure and wind information, and invented something previously unheard of called a “weather front”. Personally I take little notice of BBC forecasts, there is much more useful data about these days.

    For some good links take a look at Sailplane (Gliding) websites. There is plenty of stuff here for example which will lead you on to bigger and better stuff:
    http://glidemet.co.uk/

    Premier Icon porterclough
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    its because the map is shown with NORTH at the top. It would look strange the other way up eh?

    If it’s a map, it shouldn’t be skewed. If it’s a “3d” perspective flyover, you could do it from any direction, the camera should fly around and come back north to south looking south.

    What is actually is, is a wrong and misleading map. It really irritates me and Sheffield isn’t even very far north (you might think it is, from the BBC’s “map”, but it’s not). If I was Scottish I’m sure I’d hate it even more.

    Premier Icon mike_check
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    google “met office ‘your town'” and add bookmark!

    and yea, the ‘3d’ map is crap!

    Premier Icon clarkpm4242
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    I use this for up to 8 days
    http://www.stronge.org.uk/charts.html
    see pressure and cloud cover at the bottom

    This for upto next 48 hours
    http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/satpics/latest_uk_vis.html
    use Rainfall radar, observation and then forecasts links

    …and http://news.bbc.co.uk/weather/forecast/10209 for animations, though are harder to use nowadays.

    To get a decent forecast you have to pull all the stuff together yourself over a period of hours and days ahead. Careful use of the Met Office rainfall radar can really make the difference in not getting piss wet through, choosing a route and time of ride.
    Paul

    Premier Icon TandemJeremy
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    Since remodelling the BBC site they have hidden the isobar chart which is the most useful one – its still there just hard to find.

    Premier Icon GEDA
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    I am glad I am not alone.

    Premier Icon Bimbler
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    People are bothered about the BBC weather map because it makes Scotland/North look smaller than the south?

    Premier Icon timber
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    BBC forecasting is mile off the mark at the moment – is the department on holiday?

    Mostly use Accuweather and the Met office mountain forecasts to really know whats likely

    Premier Icon CaptJon
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    If it’s a map, it shouldn’t be skewed. If it’s a “3d” perspective flyover, you could do it from any direction, the camera should fly around and come back north to south looking south.

    What is actually is, is a wrong and misleading map. It really irritates me and Sheffield isn’t even very far north (you might think it is, from the BBC’s “map”, but it’s not). If I was Scottish I’m sure I’d hate it even more.

    The vast majority of maps are skewed because they try to flatten the curvature of the Earth. Google map is terrible as it shows Greenland as larger than Africa ffs.

    My problem with BBC weather is the lack of isobars. At least with them you can predict the weather yourself, or build in a bit of ‘play’ around their predictions.

    Premier Icon scotia
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    l always used to use the bbc weather site, but since i moved
    (2 yrs ago) it has become rubbish. too fancy, and no longer easy to use..

    Premier Icon clarkpm4242
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    My problem with BBC weather is the lack of isobars. At least with them you can predict the weather yourself, or build in a bit of ‘play’ around their predictions.

    Find the Europe – West maps and animations. That has isobars.

    Paul

    Premier Icon stuartie_c
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    Since remodelling the BBC site they have hidden the isobar chart which is the most useful one – its still there just hard to find.

    Where is it TJ? Weather forecasts useless without one.

    Premier Icon soops
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    GEDA – Your right it is C R A P these days 🙂

    Premier Icon radoggair
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    Ah, weatherperson, the only job where you can get it wrong day after day and still keep your job. Think i need to be forecasting more in my job and see if i still have it after getting it wrong day after day

    Premier Icon TandemJeremy
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    stuartie – go to UK weather / maps/ pressure – however its down at the moment.

    No quick links from the forecast pages now

    Premier Icon igm
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    porterclough – Member

    its because the map is shown with NORTH at the top. It would look strange the other way up eh?

    If it’s a map, it shouldn’t be skewed. If it’s a “3d” perspective flyover, you could do it from any direction, the camera should fly around and come back north to south looking south.

    What is actually is, is a wrong and misleading map. It really irritates me and Sheffield isn’t even very far north (you might think it is, from the BBC’s “map”, but it’s not). If I was Scottish I’m sure I’d hate it even more.

    I am Scots, living in Yorkshire. I find it funny. Useless as a map, but funny. In fact the whole BBC weather set up is a huge joke (did no one notice that they changed to the new look on April 1st – STW FACT*).

    The best joke that the BBC paly is that their internet waether site and the (digital) teletext weather often disagree. The BBC PDA weather site is not too bad.

    *STW facts may or may not bear resemblence to actaul events, people or places.

    Premier Icon surfer
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    I use lookoutthewindow.com

    Premier Icon thisisnotaspoon
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    no, just that high pressures are notoriously hard to model.

    A low will just move fronts accross the country, in a fairly regular way, very easy to model, even a 5 year old could probably guess the next days weather (just spin the low arround roughly the same as it did the day before).

    Highs tend to sit there, untill all of a sudden they become too unstable and just fall apart.

    If you looked back at the “metoffice/bbc/metcheck is crap” threads, i’d be supprised if they didnt corrlate fairly well with high pressure systems.

    go buy some meterology textbooks, a lot of maps and start predicting your own weather if it bothers you, its actualy quite fun, especialy when you can tell your ridiing buddies its going to rain in 10 min time, despite the sunshine 🙂

    Premier Icon GEDA
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    I am not saying the reporting is rubbish I am saying the format and layout is rubbish.

    Premier Icon mountaincarrot
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    Stuartie:

    http://meteonet.nl/aktueel/brackall.htm

    Premier Icon odannyboy
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    apprently the people who came up with the 3d map nonsence approached itv who took one look at it and told them it was rubbish! they then went to the bbc who lapped it up (why!?)

    its so cr@p it your not paying attention during the two seconds they zoom over where you live the whole broadcast is rubbish.

    and another more important thing is theres always that flippin bloke doing
    it. there was a time when some channels had a few hottie presenting it.sean lloyd (if im correct)on itv werent to bad from a distant memory…

    Premier Icon nuke
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    Another vote for c r a p. Really annoys me now plus I can’t even see the interactive map thing on my work pc.

    Premier Icon montylikesbeer
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    I use Metcheck, its pretty good

    metcheck

    Premier Icon hora
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    This is annoying. I was going to ride a new route around Nan Bield/Kentmere today but two of the websites show heavy rain this afternoon. I ‘can’ go the wrong way a couple of times and really its not worth the idiot-risk on a first time route 🙁
    It’ll have to wait until local mateys back from his hols 🙂

    Premier Icon CountZero
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    I use Metcheck and WeatherPro on my phone. WeatherPro has satellite and radar maps as well. On Thursday I checked the weather for Bristol as I was going there to see the Banksy exhibition. WeatherPro showed rain at 1600 – I came out of the building at 1615 to find it was peeing down and had been for around ten minutes. I was impressed, anyway.

    Premier Icon CHB
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    BBC is rubbish now. WHY did they ruin it?

    Premier Icon pantsonfire
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    I find windguru very good its for kite surfers obviously bloody useless if you live in Brum but it works for me as I am only a few minutes from Ainsdale beach one of the top wind surfing and kite buggying spots in the country. So its usually bob on for me.

    http://www.windguru.com/int/index.php?sc=1064

    Premier Icon clareymorris
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    I find this to be fairly accurate………….combined with met-check and a good ole look out of the window!!

    Met Office Weather

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