FORECASTING MADE SIMPLE...
Living as I do in the good ol` U of K, I suppose I share the national obsession with the weather which can of course, be very unpredictable and ranging from scorchio to brass monkeys and everything in between - if you get my drift. To quote Tom Jones, it`s not unusual for us to have the four seasons in one day and so, along with our weather obsession, I guess we might also be obsessed with the weather forecasts.
Now some of these are worth watching for their entertainment value - Tomas Schafernaker (?sp); Alexis Green, the well known Saints babe who presents the weather forecast on BBC South Today; David Brain who not only does the same on BBC Spotlight South West but also is prone to including videos of well known south west locations; but by and large, weather forecasts at least on TV tend to be pretty dull affairs, if not a bit complicated for those of us without degrees in atmospheric science or meteorology. I suppose the most riveting are the forecasts on BBC Radio which include such items as the state of the sea (usually rough or slight); winds (usually light to variable); and visibility (precipitation within sight, etc.)
Now Porthallow in deepest Cornwall marks the mid point of the 630 mile long south west coast path and, as an aid to travellers and locals alike, has installed a weather stone, designed to make forecasting simple, quick and accurate. Here it is:-
I took this photo on a recent visit but some of the detail was obscured by the stone itself. Just to fill in the gaps, the forecast for sunny is `shadow on ground;` the one for snowing is `white on top;` foggy is `can`t see stone;` and when the stone is swinging, it means it`s windy. So congratulations to the good folk of Porthallow for this splendid initiative which, if it catches on, could save the BBC £millions.