Hey Jude


Whether you were affected by today’s storm or not, you can’t say that you didn’t know about it in advance. It was harder to avoid the storm warnings than to avoid the weather system itself.

This was not like the ‘hurricane’ in 1987 when the first I knew about it was when I arrived at work in Leicester that morning and someone mentioned that it had apparently been very windy in London during the night.

Since then I have switched the radio on when I drive to work.

I’ve been wondering whether the Met Office had to submit a detailed cost benefit case for their huge investment in computing power over the last two decades. Then I tried to work out whether a single event like today’s storm could prove that the investment was worth it…

…but I ran out of steam after trying to estimate the net saving from 15 million people delaying their travel plans rather than taking to the roads, buses, trains and planes and getting stuck / delayed / injured / killed / angry / stressed / tired versus the lost productivity when they didn’t appear at work minus the work that they managed to do at home between refreshing the news pages and looking at twitter #ukstorm2013.

Finally I concluded that it was best if storms occur when many schools are taking their half term break, but I’m not sure if that factor is included in the Met Office model.

2 Responses to “Hey Jude”

  1. 1 ann

    I couldn’t help wondering whether the person who thought it was a good idea to park their crane on Westminster thought it would be at less risk of damage from falling trees or just managed to remain oblivious to the forecast.

    • Ann – have you seen the price of parking in Westminster? The driver obviously thought she/he had found an unmetered space just outside the Cabinet Office. On balance it probably still worked out cheaper for him/her.

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