Written by Ellis Ian Fields

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

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Spare a thought for the weather men and women on the BBC - we expect so much from them, they are losing sleep... and worse.

Ever since Michael Fish assured the nation there was no hurricane on the way just hours before 1988's "storm of the century" hit, weather forecasts have been treated with a degree of scepticism.

Now top weather man Jay Wynne has admitted that after a night shift he often stays awake until dawn to see if his forecast was right.

"I have been known to drive around until the sun comes up," he said.

Colleague Nina Ridge adds she gets questions about the weather when she drops her kids off at school: "People always expect you to know the forecast, whether you've been at work or not."

But some forecasters allow the pressure to affect them in far worse ways.

One, who asked not to be named, showed us a room in his home where he demonstrated how he handled the pressure.

"I wear this steel cilice tightly on my leg while I'm at work - it hurts like you wouldn't believe but it keeps me focussed. Then, when I get home, before I go down for dinner with the missus, I kneel in here and self-flagellate.

"When I've just about flayed my back, I feel better - quick shower, gin and tonic, dinner and a night in front of the telly. No, I don't watch the late forecast."

The story above is a satire or parody. It is entirely fictitious.

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