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Message posted by Candy Floss on 28/7/2018 at 11:35am
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Typical us about to head off camping for a week its awful.

Different websites or apps are saying different info, yes we have rain that's fine its the damn wind ???


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Unfortunately I have not yet found a weather forecasting website that can accurately forecast the weather. I have cancelled trips in the past due to reports of bad weather, particularly windy weather, and then found out later that the area I was going to had lovely weather!

Perhaps one of the best is the BBC Weather but although they can forecast weather somewhere, they never seem too sure where it's going to happen.

Netweather.tv is pretty good for forecasting rain but useless at accurately forecasting wind strengths...Michael Fish works for them

I have looked at others but as you say, few seem to agree with each other. Perhaps the best way is to download 3 different apps and then take the two that seem to agree more.

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Like you Bob, I find the forecasts are very unreliable.

I would have thought that The Met office forecast would be good, but like the others, it can just about get the day right. Accuweather gives the forecast in finer detail, but is still no more accurate.

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We use BBC weather app. But beware, we’ve found the forecast slightly different on my husband’s android tablet and my iPad!

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We generally use the BBC Weather app when we are away but they can only give a generalised forecast as things change so quickly.

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On a tour round one of the pelagic trawlers, I asked the captain about weather forecasts. He said that they paid for accurate real-time weather forecasting and this was displayed on large computer screens. The bridge was more like something from the Starship Enterprise than a fishing boat.

I find the BBC weather forecast is very 'general'. If it shows rain, that may just be in one spot within a much wider area.

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BBC weather app on my I phone and I pad, beats the apple weather app hands down.

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If you’re heading to the coast I find magic seaweed or wind guru to be reliable.

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Never used to look back in the day when it was just me and me fella lol who is now my husband and 2 children in the mix it is important and agree it does alter your planning. Thank you for the replies off to get some seaweed and find a guru hahah :)

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We 'take an average' between Met offices' own app, and 'Rain alarm' app.

Used these, (or should I say hammered more like when I worked on the farm). They were reliable nearly right up to the minute for rain during the harvest...

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We find the met office to be fairly reliable.

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We use ‘The Weather Channel’ app and find it reasonably good. It gives an hour by hour forecast for 48 hours which I find quite useful as sometimes other apps forecast rain for the next day but when you look on the hour by hour forecast, the rain is actually going to be early in the morning or late at night with dryer weather during the day. We use this app in both the UK and Europe and have found it pretty accurate. The only place it hasn’t been accurate was last week in the Lake District but then, it’s the Lake District! Can anyone really forecast the weather there!

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We opt for the one that shows the best weather.

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The BBC weather app uses Met office data.

We find it fairly accurate up to about 48 hours in advance. The problem is that after that there are so many different things that can influence the weather in the UK that forecasters - whoever they work for - are only really guessing.

Which is why I always either smile or grimace (depending on what mood I'm in at the time) when I see headlines like "furnace Friday" (on Tuesday) or "heatwave set to last 3 months". They really don't have a clue.

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Quote: Originally posted by SamandRose on 30/7/2018
The BBC weather app uses Met office data.




Surely the BBC app nowadays uses data from Meteo Group.

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Quote: Originally posted by SamandRose on 30/7/2018
The BBC weather app uses Met office data.

We find it fairly accurate up to about 48 hours in advance. The problem is that after that there are so many different things that can influence the weather in the UK that forecasters - whoever they work for - are only really guessing.

Which is why I always either smile or grimace (depending on what mood I'm in at the time) when I see headlines like "furnace Friday" (on Tuesday) or "heatwave set to last 3 months". They really don't have a clue.



The bit that makes me laugh is each year we are told we are going to keep getting the worst winter or hottest summer and will get that for the next few years ... and what we actually get is the regular ones we normally get and always have done with the odd "special" that we always have done on a cyclical basis every few years ... Like we have had for hundreds of years not just over the last hundred "records" years.


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