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Topics: Weather, Snow, Met Office

Monday, 24 November 2008

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Stuggling to get to a sunny beach in Scarborough

Whitby in north Yorkshire was brought to a standstill on Saturday as five inches of snow fell in the space of an hour. Fans travelling for the FA Trophy match in Whitby were caught by surprise.

"I came over the hill above Whitby and it was like looking at Narnia," said Billy Nomates. "Behind me it was a Tolkien-esque landscape of green fields and blue skies, and ahead it was blizzard conditions. I'm not surprised the game was called off."

The Met Office had been warning of severe weather in the Whitby area, but as it was the only town in Britain with snow forecast, nobody believed them.

"I'm from Whitby," said one Whitby resident, "and I didn't believe them. How can they forecast a sunny day for Guisborough and snow for Whitby? We're only thirty miles apart! It's been quite good for sledging though. Shame it was in my Volvo."

Snow is exactly what happened, and the Met Office are feeling very smug this morning. "Maybe now people will start believing us," said Winston Day, senior meteorological analyst. "We said snow in Whitby, and that's what happened."

Other weather watchers have decried the Met Offices' uncanny prediction as "just a lucky guess".

"They were bound to get one right," said Sandy Beach, a homoeopathic weather forecaster. "There have been two hundred severe weather warnings they've got wrong, and now they're crowing about the one they got right. My seaweed gives me better odds than that."

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