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    Posted: 21 May 2011 at 9:14pm
Just thought you might like to know that after Friday evenings disgusting innacurate wind forcast,
XC weather was giving 14mph Westerly going NW 2mph, Met Office inshore was giving SW4 with sea state smooth or slight. It was actually 22Knts SW recorded on the Bramblemet beacon. It was very dangerous in the western Solent and the innacurracies are becoming more common. If I didnt do my job right people would get killed, whats the difference?
Here is a copy of the Email I sent the Met Office, lets see what comes back? Angry

Hello, I am emailing you as a very unhappy member of the public who uses your service to determine my leisure activities. I own a 24ft boat and use it to go fishing with my Son and a couple of friends. On Friday afternoon I decided to venture out and go out for the night fishing in the Solent, and your "Inshore Waters" forcast was giving SW 3-4, sea state smooth to slight. Along with various other forcasts available on the internet I made the decision to go. I got out into the Solent and headed West, and the sea was not slight, in fact it was VERY dangerous and it tossed my boat about like a bit of balsawood. I was totally comitted to the sea and it would have been even more dangerous to have tried to turn around.

I service and repair equipment that climb up high rise buildings and if I didnt do my job right people would get hurt or worse, I know you have probably got massive disclaimers to safeguard yourselves against claims, but I feel your reliability is getting lower.

This is not the first occasion this has happened and I await your response with eager anticipation.

Cheers For Now, Woody ;-)

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I have had an initial response from the Met Office:

Dear Steve

Thank you for your feedback regarding

We are sorry to learn that you are unhappy with a service the Met Office is providing so in order to best deal with your feedback it has been forwarded to our Customer Feedback Team.  They will respond as soon as possible and your reference number for this is REF:

The Met Office is a complex scientific organisation which means we might have to consult with subject matter experts. However, subject to the complexity and nature of your enquiry, we are committed to dealing with your query as quickly and accurately as possible.


If you have any further questions or need additional information please contact the Weather Desk on 0870 900 0100 where one of our advisors will be happy to help you. The number is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Cheers For Now, Woody ;-)

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hi woody good report i  did the same about 8 years ago my report then was always ring the coast guard first,the only thing is there are more people trailing there boats around now,time we leave home got to our fishing arears got out of portsmouth or southampton areas,2 -4 hours have gone by,the wind and weather  changes  all charter boats rely on this for a living,is there a place we can ring in the portsmouth area for all upto date forcasts all the best with your reports,,tight lines eddie king kingfisher
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In these days of mobile phones with internet access you can access Chimet and Bramblemet at anitime which give you real time conditions at Chichester bar and the Brambles. You get mean windspeed and direction, strongest guts, wave height etc.

Alternatively ring the Coastguard, anytime, and get the same information.
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tell me about it. me and al went out at 9am and the weather was decent. by 2pm the wind was a 20/25mph southerly untill late evening, there was white horses everywhere you looked and it wasnt pleasnt at all.

it did ease of but i must say i was cheesed of considering i think they gave 7/9mph westerlys????

the only bonus was we caught plenty of fish and i also found out where the leaks are in my cabin from the waves breaking over the bow lol
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Thing is Andy, I have lost a bit of faith in the coast guard too, bad I know, but back in April we went down to the Blocks and it blew its guts out yet again and yet all of the forcast from Solent Coast Guard was giving "Smooth to Slight", in the Solent, not Portland, all they had to do is get up and look out of the window to see how rough it was, we tried to get out of it and ended up going up Southampton Water. Thats what gets me, they are at Leigh-on-Solent giving those reports and was totally wrong !!!
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[QUOTE=S.Woody]
, Met Office inshore was giving SW4....... It was actually 22Knts SW 
 
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HMMM? Well I find that by using XC and Met Office together I get a picture , then I look at Bramble met/Chimnet as Snowy says, put all of these things together to get an allround picture.
 
If they say SW4 then in my experience this could be anything from a 3 to a 6!!! Either way there will be wind and if that is against tide etc you WILL feel it!
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Stuff the met office. Have a look at southwater marine's web cam. If the bush is flapping like a good-un stay home.
 
 
The met office only think they can predict the weather. They have always been flaming useless at short term predictions. Maybe that is still far too hard for modern methods and equipment. I first started listening to them in the 80s. I just found I stayed home on calm days and went out in hurricanes.
 
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Do you guys use the Met Office website for the Inshore Waters Forecast,  or do you use another site?
 
I use XC combined with a look at Chimet and Bramblemet. 
 
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That is what I do. Plus, I really do look at southwater's web-cam. That bush outside their shack at Hamble Point is a great indicator.
 
There are other solent webcams that give a good idea of wave height but of course they don't tell you what the weather will be tomorrow. . .but then the forecasters can't do that either.
 
 
 
 
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