When you have an institution that can longer function because of incompetence, corruption, or whatever human element, it is impossible to repair it without first replacing the bad personnel behind the problem. Anything else is like trying to cure someone with a bad liver by treating everything else except the liver itself.That’s the case at the Met Office. If you truly want to reform it, then it has to be purged of its rotten apples. Piers Corbyn reports on the UK parliament transport select committee, click here, into the December cold & snow, and concludes:
THE MET OFFICE’s submission is, I would say: a Mubarak-style, bunkerish, self-serving, denial of reality.”
He then lists the points why, among them is a comment on the usefulness of seasonal forecasts, which, as we know, their own have been completely wrong. Piers writes (emphasis added):
They say ‘accurate regional forecasts on a monthly scale have proved to be useful. Perhaps they are talking about someone else’s forecasts (eg WeatherAction’s). The observed FACT is Met Office seasonal forecasts have demonstrably negative skill. They have consistently – with zero success in all the last 6 unusual (extreme) seasons – misled the public, emergency services and Councils and led to deaths on unsalted roads consequent on ill-advised Council’s believing MetOffice warmist winter forecasts.”
Piers then writes on the Met Office’s commitment in developing forecasting science, calling it “as delusional as Colonel Gaddafi”. To top it all off, the Met Office then has the temerity to expect the British taxpayers to cough up many more millions for super-computers to “improve their forecasts”.
Everybody knows that no matter how good your computers are, if you feed them with garbage, then you get garbage out. I’d rely on Piers and his laptop long before I’d call the clowns at the Met Office.
In its submission, the Met Office does promise to take the steps needed for generating accurate monthly forecasts for the public, adding:
The extent and speed of this development is, of course, dependent on the availability of resources – particularly in supercomputing power to enable modelling to incorporate new science and understanding…..”.
Never let a crisis go to waste.
Indeed the Met Office needs a good house-cleaning. They are attempting to screw the public yet again. And unless the house does indeed get cleaned, more Bitish lives will be put at risk.