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Weather forecasters in Moscow

 
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may be fined if they get it wrong.

The city's mayor says they are fed up of getting buls*** and would like to get a quality product for what Moscovites are paying.

What we get in Britain is a skimpily dressed nymph frolicking in the rain or snow - does anyone actually pay any attention to the weather anymore.
Weather reporting is like Baywatch - it would never have been successful without Pamela Anderson jogging through the surf at the beginning.

Women watch the weather to see what might be fashionable. And tie wear on the male reporters.The recent snow storms took everyone by surprise, weather reporters and viewers alike.

Moscovites have got it wrong.

A bit of spit and polish with the things you can't control and the real McCoy with the things you can.Up to a point.
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Weather changes every hour in Dallas, texas. But, still we depend on the forecasts.
 
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In Moscow you have different perspective.
Its not question of +2 degrees or +5 degrees, but more:
-20 degrees or just -5 degrees.
I can understand that.
We had a night with -15 degrees and me with window open.
A second morning like that and you gonna need your bottle of vodka to make it to the heating.
 
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Originally posted by Axel Janssen:
In Moscow you have different perspective.
Its not question of +2 degrees or +5 degrees, but more:
-20 degrees or just -5 degrees.



That bad , huh ?
It's the Brits who apparently discuss the weather ALL the time. Wonder what would pass for an ice-breaker in Moscow?
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does anyone actually pay any attention to the weather anymore.


Some have to; best to get the information from the source: Met Office.
Personally, I got tired of the television (radio) presenters who describe weather as 'good' or 'bad', its just weather.
I nicked this idea from Billy Connolly - "There's no such thing as bad weather, just wrong clothing. Get yourself a sexy raincoat and live a little."

The best weather forcasts were on channel 9: Scorchio!
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Funny stuff weather....

As a brit living in Australia, I find my fascination with the weather has taken a new twist:

1) BBC website has weather forecaasts for teh entire world. However, when I pull up the 5-day forecast from Brisbane Australia it seems to almost always be 3 or 4C hotter than the prediction made by the Australian Bureau of Met!
today for example the AusBOM predicts: Sunny 28C, BBC says: Sunny 31C.

Do the BBC get data from somewhere with bad models? or is there some sinister agenda to try and persuade UK residents that everywhere else is warmer than it actually is?

2) Windchill: we all understand that when its cold a bit of a breeze makes you feel _very_ cold and miserable - so the weather forecasters have factored this in and report a conveniently 'adjusted for windchill' temperature - i.e. what its gonna feel like. This is great... very handy for awll you cold-climate people out there...

Now my suggestion is that we need a "hummidity-factor" adjusted temperature for hot weather reporting! Its no good telling me that its going to 32C today - 32C and 20% hummidty can be quite pleasant, 32C and 85% however is completely debilitating! In fact over xmas in Australia we can pretty much safely say its gonna be hot everywhere... The only question that should be addressed by the forecasters ('cos its what actually effects how comfortable we are) is how humid will it be? - but they RARELY tell us - instead they focus on telling us that yet again it will be 34C ... and sunny.... <yawn>
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Originally posted by Adrian Wallace:
Now my suggestion is that we need a "hummidity-factor" adjusted temperature for hot weather reporting!



We have exactly that measure here in Canada. Just about the time they stop reporting "wind-chill", they switch to "humidex", as in the high in Toronto will be 25C with a humidex of 32C.
 
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Oh yes the BBC; I think, [George] Orwell got it about right: "Half w****house, half lunatic asylum" - I don't see why they are using British taxpayers money to give forcasts to the rest of the world! [I should point out I don't like the Beeb!]

"34C ... and sunny...." - It's cold (1C) in [Northern] England, would you swap!

PS - now the Brit's have started talking about the weather, this could go on and on (and on) :roll:
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Originally posted by Peter Rooke:
"34C ... and sunny...." - It's cold (1C) in [Northern] England, would you swap!



After months of hot sweaty nights and sizzling pressure cooker days - YES!!!

Do you have the faintest idea how hard it is to do simple things when its 34C outside? My garden has grown into a jungle 'cos its too hot and sticky to go out and chop things down after about 8am each day and certain types of trash we have to keep in the freezer until bin collection day to stop our entire suburb from stinking of rotten food!
We turn on the cold tap in the shower and you have to wait 2 minutes for the water to cool down before stepping in or you get scalded!! (our pipes run through the roof).

Bring on winter!!! (actually things have cooled down a bit the last couple of weeks and things are becoming bearable once more!)

Give me a couple of weeks of cool refreshing weather any day!!
I long for the winter mornings (now a distant memory from years ago) when things sparkle with the glistening of frost and a deep breath seems to pour envigorating freshness right through your entire body!


...Having said all that - I remember plenty of miserable, grey, wet days back in UK dreaming of hot sunny weather! so I'm sure its just a case of "grass is always greener" (although I can categorically state that the actually the grass here *IS* greener 'cos the hot humid weather seems to suit extremely lush plant-life )
 
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faintest idea

Yes, I have an idea. I did a bit of soldiering in the (mild) heat - not nice. Did some in the cold - not nice either! Sapping work. Could have been worst, too hot in the day and too cold at night .
Your right about us Brit's mind, we go on holiday and think it must be great to live (and work) in hot climates.
 
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Originally posted by Adrian Wallace:

Do the BBC get data from somewhere with bad models? or is there some sinister agenda to try and persuade UK residents that everywhere else is warmer than it actually is?



I read a funny book recently (maybe by Tom Holt, I can't quite remember) which said that Britain's bad weather was the reason behind the empire. The theory went that the British, being fed up of being rained on for the rest of the year, set off around the world to find and live in better climes. Is it any coincidence that most of the empire was in places with better weather?

On the other hand it would have been hard to find somewhere with worse weather..... but you could say we managed it in Canada
 
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Originally posted by Dave Lenton:



On the other hand it would have been hard to find somewhere with worse weather..... but you could say we managed it in Canada



Oh I dunno.

Newcastle, Australia can boast of frozen chickens mysteriously falling out of the sky. They cause quite a bit of damage to the roofs. As yet no paper has mentioned whether they are oven-ready or not.

Fowl weather!
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