Letter: Butterflies cannot be blamed for causing hurricanes

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I FIND the forecasters far more annoying than the weather. Their constant apologetic remarks about rain, ('Some areas will escape . . .') are simply childish and assume that we all hate rain and can do without it. Add to this their inability to forecast accurately unless high pressure is stuck over us for weeks. Two examples from the past few days: a forecaster on BBC television at 6.30pm says 'showers will affect areas south of London'. Thirty minutes later 1.5ins of rain deluge Wandsworth. Rain continues to fall, day and night, while the forecasters persist in saying 'showers will cross the area'. If they can't say what is happening or about to happen how can we believe their predictions about tomorrow? They claim 85 per cent accuracy. How can this be?

C J Hardy

London SW11

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