Barney – The Storm That Was Not

Paul Homewood is absolutely right, this idiotic naming of every high wind that comes along is going to make the MetOffice and BBC look ridiculous.



By Paul Homewood


The Met Office is rapidly becoming a laughing stock. Just days after the “will she/won’t she” farce of Abigail, we have now had the ridiculous overhyping of “Storm” Barney.

This is how it has summarised the storm:


It is this sort of information that allows dopey little reporters, like Eleanor Steafel, to blow the thing out of proportion. (In fact, a quick read reveals little more than a few power lines and branches down, the type of thing that happens anytime there is a bit of wind).

The first thing to point out is that all of the sites listed above are extremely exposed ones. Aberdaron is at the end of the long, Llyn Peninsula in NW Wales, and always features near the top of the list whenever gales head that way.

Capel Curig too usually features, due to its exposed position half way…

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One thought on “Barney – The Storm That Was Not

  1. Given that the German and Norwegian met services name their storms it is perhaps a waste of time and resources on MetO part. They would argue that it has boosted their profile – with most media outlets using the naming convention. But, as this convention trundles on, will people tire of it, in the same way they eventually tired of Express winter Armageddon headlines?


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