What is the weather forecast today?

Not unnaturally, guests at a holiday hotel have a keen interest in the weather. The collective mood of our hotels guests will vary from the benign (on a sunny day) to the malignant (after three consecutive wet days). So weather forecasts play an important part in our hotels guests life here, either to be assured that the good weather will continue, or to be re-assured that the bad weather will end

Indeed the whole infatuation with weather forecasts starts before they even appear here. Particularly last minute holiday makers check with the forecast before they make a booking. If the forecast looks bad, then they either go elsewhere with a better forecast, or stay at home with the TV and a takeaway pizza.

Trouble is that to weather forecasters, Cornwall , or to be fair anywhere outside the South East of England, is as remote and as important as Mongolia. Either we do not exist (in other words Cornwall is not mentioned), or it gets lumped into the "west country" (for the information of Mr Fish and his friends, Bristol is closer to London than to us in Newquay) or it is just plain wrong (I saw a very gloomy Mr Fish standing in front of his map one day saying "well that was a very wet day today, wasn't it". It might have been for him in London, but here in Cornwall it had been sub-tropical, a fact that he failed to mention)

Why, you might ask, should I care if weather forecasts are wrong - simple answer is that people decide not to come, if they think the weather is going to be bad.

  • In Yorkshire we would have green fields all around, but snow on the Pennines, pointed up by the forecasters,  would  lead to guests cancelling on the grounds that we must be under snow
  • When the hurricane struck around 1988 the media concentrated on the havoc in the South East, but went on to inform us merely that the hurricane was "heading north", with no thoughts of where in the north it was actually heading
  • In 1997 there was great emphasis on the news of floods in the "west country". People started cancelling holidays across Cornwall in droves. A survey of every weather station in Cornwall on the day of maximum publicity for these "west country" floods, showed that not a drop of rain had fallen in the entire county of  Cornwall. Again the actual floods had been closer to London than Newquay

The collective gloom that seems to descend on guests after more than a couple of days of bad weather can be infectious. When we were in Yorkshire, four couples who had booked independently of each other, met each day after dinner, and whipped themselves up into such a frenzy of despondency that they all decided to leave after a few days.

Whilst I appreciate that weather forecasting is not an exact science, and is indeed a very inexact science, forecasters ought to be more aware that they are plying with hotels livelihoods when they make the mistake of believing that if it is raining in London, then it is also raining in Newquay, Aberdeen or Llandudno. There are lots of us out here who are fortunate enough not to live in London, so let us have forecasts that stand up to scrutiny.

It may be a pain for the forecaster to say it is sunny in Cornwall, if it is raining in Basingstoke, but bite the tongue and tell the viewers the truth.

                                                                   And if you want to stay in a nice hotel by the sea in Cornwall, Corisande Manor Hotel, Cornwall

                                                                                                       Corisande Manor Hotel, Newquay, Cornwall

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