For those of us who
still rely on bog standard non digital TV there are only two sources of weather information-BBC and ITV-we can't get Channel 5 in these parts. BBC is a bit better in the post Fish era but the ITV Teletext is appalling, at least for 'The Borders' which is stretched all the way to Stranraer via Dumfries for meteorological purposes. It seems as if they have a standard cut and paste approach-taking a forecast for all Europe and applying it methodically and inaccurately to us. For the last three weeks 'moderate snow' has been relentlessly promised for Berwick whose weather system apparently stretches half way to Dumfries in the West Edinburgh in the North and possibly Watford in the South. For variety 'outbreaks of moderate snow' are interspersed with outbreaks of 'light snow' and 'broken cloud' In fact not a flake has actually fallen in Berwick itself since this cold snap began-the ITV weather computer just defaults to 'moderate snow' and will no doubt switch at some point to 'moderate rain' until the clocks change again. The Native Indian Chief 'Broken Cloud' is a permanent feature and the Wild West is welcome to have him back anytime they like. 'Moderate Snow' is forecast for this morning. It is sunny with a blue sky so it is yet to get out of bed.
Mr Fish, take a break from retirement, ITV needs you.
Relief is in sight-analogue TV is to be switched off in the Borders earlier than anywhere else. Very few people that I know have digital or want to get it despite 100 plus free channels . There will be a lot of blank screens here abouts and the end of misleading forecasts. Can't be all bad