Making heavy weather over Scotland

September 22, 2009

FRANCE-STORM/Anyone listening to the BBC radio weather forecast this morning on the first day of Autumn will have come away with a detailed knowledge of how things look likely to pan out in Scotland – heavy winds apparently and not at all a day for going out walking on the hills.

They will also have probably had more than they need about Northern Ireland, with its endless bands of rain.

But if they lived where most of the population actually does live, London and the southeast, they would have got next to nothing. Just a couple of words about occasional cloud at the end of the bulletin.

Does this make sense?

Ah but the weather at Britain’s periphery is so much more interesting, say the forecasters, and people who live in places like the Outer Hebrides need to know what the weather’s going to do far more than city folk in their offices.

It’s not just the BBC who pointedly start their broadcasts and give most exposure to the places where the least number of people live. Apparently the word “London” is also avoided by other stations like GMTV, where presenter Clare Nasir revealed earlier this year that the mention of the capital is frowned upon in case other parts of the country feel marginalised.

High pressure building up in the southeast over this, judging by the number of newspaper articles on the weather forecast in recent weeks.

Is it time for southerners to take a stand?

No comments so far

We welcome comments that advance the story through relevant opinion, anecdotes, links and data. If you see a comment that you believe is irrelevant or inappropriate, you can flag it to our editors by using the report abuse links. Views expressed in the comments do not represent those of Reuters. For more information on our comment policy, see http://blogs.reuters.com/fulldisclosure/2010/09/27/toward-a-more-thoughtful-conversation-on-stories/