Met Office facing legal action over pessimistic forecasts
Tourist attraction threatens to sue Met Office over pessimistic weather forecasts.
A tourist attraction is considering suing The Met Office after it claims a string of pessimistic forecasts kept visitors away.
Rick Turner owner of the Big Sheep in Abbotsham, Devon, said poor forecasting was to blame for lower attendance at his farm attraction business.
Mr Turner is so angry he says he’ll take the agency to court unless its forecasts improve.
He said: “The Met Office seems to come up with such pessimistic forecasts predicting chances of rain when we’re enjoying sunshine.
“We’ve had a lot rain – that’s why it’s nice and green.
“But it’s important for the tourist industry that when we do have sunshine we need to be shouting about it rather than saying there might be some chance of rain.
“The Met Office forecasters need to realise that everything they say has an impact on whether people go on holiday or go for a day out.
“If The Met Office get it wrong next Easter, I’ll try and sue them. Somebody has to hold them to account.”
The Met Office insists that forecasters have no reason to dampen spirits and are simply doing their best with the data available.
But the weather service admitted ‘No weather forecaster is going to get it 100 per cent right all the time.’
“We have to tell the weather as it is that’s what our job is. This summer has been thoroughly disappointing,” said forecaster Dave Britton.
“It’ll be hard to find someone who hasn’t found that. It’s been the wettest summer in 100 years.
“The UK is lucky enough to have one of the best weather forecasting services in the world – we should recognise that.
“We have to remember Devon is the third or fourth wettest county in England. The Met Office can’t stop it raining. We get it right 87 or 88 per cent of the time which is absolutely phenomenal.”
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