Wednesday, 27 December 2006

Where are the storms Mr Corbyn?

Piers Corbyn's company WeatherAction Ltd produces long range weather forecasts. He employs a solar weather technique which, his website declares "uses predictable aspects of solar activity - particle and magnetic effects from the Sun to make weather forecasts MANY MONTHS ahead". He lists a number of past weather events to back up his claims of accurate forecasting. His website can be seen here.

Back on the eighth of this month I read that Piers was predicting for the rest of December "We are going to see three major storms bring severe gales and storm force winds to the west of England, particularly the most exposed areas between Plymouth and Penzance". So confident was he that he actually gave the dates for the three events as being between Dec 13 and 15, 18 and 20, and 26 and 28. The final storm would be really bad with gales up to 100 mph in some places, and with heavy rain and thunder and lightning for good measure.

Fortunately for us Devon and Cornwall have not seen any of this extreme weather. Apart from
the first of the aforementioned timeslots when western Scotland had some exceptionally heavy rain I don't think the rest of the country suffered storms either. The anticyclone that created the thick fog that was such a problem at Heathrow before Christmas is sliiping away now. This is allowing the Atlantic fronts to make some progress eastwards so it looks as if we will see rain before the week is out but no suggestion of hurricane force winds yet!

It would be interesting would it not if his website published those instances when he got his forecasts hopelessly wrong but as his firm is there to make money I don't think this will happen

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