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In May 2005 when the new weather map was launched on the BBC it caused quite a storm(Laughing) as it was said to be distorted and showing Scotland to be much smaller than it really was. Smaller . . .it looks like a pimple on a pigs bum as my granny used to say.

So waving frantically from a pimply Scotland here . . this was our weather forecast for Friday Morning - we are having a cloudy start with spits and spots of rain - brighter in the East . . .AND THAT WAS IT - FOR THE WHOLE of Scotland.

Heeelllllloooooo BBC quite a big lump of land here - very diverse weather - more information needed . . . Yes yes we get a regional forecast - but people booking holidays, or traveling up can't see it until they get here.

So good morning Britain - Scotland does exist - you can walk four feet without falling into the sea and we do have weather . . . all over and often . . .and it varies greatly . . .

. . .sigh . . . better get on with setting a bad example now . . .

And to boldly go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! snigger . . .

Posted at 25th Apr 2008 - 10:29AM   Posted by Westerwitch   Pimple too far Comments: 11

you must also realise WW that for the purposes of the BBC weather, the North East ends in Newcastle. We tend to get South East Scotland weather rather than anything they are prdicting for the NE.....

Posted by: @themill on 25th Apr 2008 at 12:40PM

Milla's Avatar From my perspective it seems to be ALL Wales, N Ireland, Scotland, London (obviously) and we're always swept past as if we were Cardiff and Plymouth and clearly don't count at all. But since it's all *ollocks anyway "rain moving in from the west, scattered showers" etc you can't want MORE of it? Everyone is just used to looking out of the window and packing everything. Unless me and rubbish and never remember to bring anything and don't own a brolly or boots but don't mind getting wet because there's less to carry.

Posted by: Milla on 25th Apr 2008 at 12:47PM

Crystal Jigsaw's Avatar Yep, north of Newcastle and we are the forgotten land, rather than Northumberland. And as Milla says, it is much easier to just look out of the window Rolling Eyes

Posted by: Crystal Jigsaw on 25th Apr 2008 at 12:51PM

Fennie's Avatar It's always brighter in the east - that's where the sun comes from. And as for looking out of the window, there's that lovely Steptoe moment when the son has acquired a barometer - 'so you can tell when the weather is cloudy.'

'If you want to know whether it's cloudy, why don't you just look out the window!' snarls the old man.

Tell you what, it's a lot dryer here than in the Cantal.

Posted by: Fennie on 25th Apr 2008 at 01:37PM

Frances's Avatar May an American comment on BBC weather reports? When traveling over there, I always found them amusing, but not so helpful.

Like Milla, I rarely carried an umbrella while in the UK, though on rainy days here in New York, I am never without one.

Having rambled on a bit here, what I was wondering was whether you all have any childhood school lesson about cloud patterns, wind directions, etc. that let everyone have a pretty good idea about weather predicting?

One of my brother actually majored in geography at university, and has amazed me with what a great weatherman he can be.


Posted by: Frances on 25th Apr 2008 at 02:14PM

Pondside's Avatar We have the same thing going on - but on a larger scale. Ontarion and Quebec are the most populous and central of the provinces - then there are the 'maritimes' the 'west' and 'the north. We're talking about thousands of kms here! We regularly are told that we are experiencing Vancouver's weather, when we it couldn't be further from the truth! Sigh - I hear you WW!

Posted by: Pondside on 25th Apr 2008 at 02:35PM

Lampworkbeader's Avatar Sorry folks, I thought everyone knew that the only real part of the UK is the South East and a bit of London of course.

Posted by: Lampworkbeader on 25th Apr 2008 at 02:44PM

Unpeuloufoque's Avatar Francis we had lessons on cloud formations at school ad I have the ladybird book somewhere on the weather. Our French weather reports are very good but then the English are mere amateurs when it comes to the Meto every self respecitng frenchman has a littel meto in his garden and they can talk about it for hours....and hours...and hours..

Posted by: Unpeuloufoque on 25th Apr 2008 at 06:39PM

Patsy's Avatar @TM..Newcastle? not even that far! Silly southern softies think the North is Leeds.It's another 100 miles on to your neck of the woods! Some of them are in for a shock soon...

Posted by: Patsy on 25th Apr 2008 at 07:22PM

Every time I have been to Scotland it has done nothing but rain! Personally not convinced you have any other type of weather!Mr. Green

Posted by: HimalayanBlue on 25th Apr 2008 at 08:49PM

Frances's Avatar Oh no, I saw beautiful weather and roses in bloom in Scotland in November. Let the record show!

I do think that weather is something in which humans have had an interest since time began. Why is it that we continue to wake up every morning, go to sleep every evening without the basic knowlege to let us know what we might expect within the next 24 hours, without recourse to electronically transmitted info?

Earth day, earth month and all of that! xo

Posted by: Frances on 26th Apr 2008 at 12:52AM

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