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Entries in Weather Forecast (2)

Monday
Aug202012

BBC Weatherman Apologizes for Wrong Forecast

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- They're the two words every person who has ever had a birthday party, family reunion, hiking trip, wedding or just a good hair day thrown to pieces by rain wants to hear: I'm sorry.

And while a BBC weatherman didn't issue his apology quite that succinctly, he did issue an on-air mea culpa for predicting sunshine when, instead, Londoners got rain.

"There are thunderstorms there which were not represented in our forecasts over the past couple of days or so," the BBC's Phillip Avery said Sunday afternoon. "I have to say we can't even blame the computers, the computers actually wanted to put those thunderstorms in there but forecasters thought that it wasn't supported by enough evidence and so we went for the dry, hot option."

"Having said that, apologies to anyone who has had their next few hours ruined," he said.

Avery was forced to do what no weatherperson ever wants to do after he and his team of BBC forecasters stuck to what they thought the weather would hold -- dry sunshine -- rather than what the highly detailed weather models released by the Met Office, the U.K.'s National Weather Service, predicted, rain and clouds.

By Sunday morning, thunderstorms began developing over the English Channel and thousands of Brits, notably BBC viewers, were left stuck in the rain, the U.K.'s Telegraph reported.

By Sunday afternoon, Avery issued his on-air apology, and by Sunday night the BBC issued a statement of its own to the British public.

"The weather team always endeavor to be open about forecasting and it was right to explain why today's forecast didn't capture weather events in some regions," a spokesman said. "This was done following discussions with Met Office colleagues."

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Thursday
May102012

Prince Charles Takes Over Weather Forecast

Chris Jackson - Pool/Getty Images(LONDON) -- BBC viewers in Scotland tuning in for their lunchtime forecast on Thursday likely did a double-take when they received a forecast of wet and rainy, with a surprising chance of royal.

Stepping in for their usual weatherman was none other than England’s own Prince Charles.  The 63-year-old royal was visiting the channel’s headquarters in Glasgow to celebrate its 60th year of broadcasting when he decided to have a little fun with the lunchtime forecast, according to the BBC.

Charles, visiting the station with his wife, Camilla, stepped right in front of the camera and looked like an old pro against the weather map, predicting “cold, wet and windy” conditions brought on by an “influence of low pressure.”

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The incident was not entirely spontaneous, however.  The BBC reports that Prince Charles worked off a specially written script that highlighted royal residences in Scotland.

When he got to the part of the script that called for “a few flurries over Balmoral,” a favorite spot of the royals, the normally staid Charles injected some humor, exclaiming, “Who the hell wrote this script?”

Charles and his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, are visiting Scotland as part of their annual Holyrood Week to celebrate Scottish culture, history and achievement, according to the Buckingham Palace website.

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