Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Voluntary Forecaster Proves the Met Office Wrong - Again

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Voluntary Forecaster Proves the Met Office Wrong - Again

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MAKING predictions on what weather the region will experience next is no easy matter but this enthusiastic amateur believes he has the answer. James Madden is a voluntary long range UK forecaster and has correctly proved the UK Met Office wrong on three successive occasions.

The 29-year-old, who is studying in Liverpool, has said the future does not look bright for those in the North East.

"It does not look very good in terms of what we are looking forward to. I can not see it getting any better, especially in the North. Any mild spells will be very few and far between with very little respite," he admitted. He is currently forecasting a UK and Northern European winter worse than last year with widespread heavy snowfall and well below-average temperatures.

James had foreseen the blizzards which raged across Northumberland last week and unlike Met Office meteorologists he makes his predictions without the use of climate models but bases them on our natural environment.

He has been expecting the region's terrible weather since the summer based on the gulf stream, low solar activity, La Nina which is the cooling of oceans, and the Icelandic volcano.

"The North East is going to see harsher effects than those further south. Overall it does not look good," he said. James considers solar activity and facts surrounding the gulf stream as the most influential factors on our weather.

When talking about the effects of the Gulf Stream he said: "Recent real time satellite data suggests that this valuable heat source, the Gulf Stream, has shifted hugely, and is presently not reaching the shores of the UK and Scotland as it used to.

"If nothing changes in regards to the gulf stream soon, the UK and Scotland could well experience minimum temperature declines of up to 5-8 degrees." On the effects of the La Nina, which delivers ocean cooling that cools large masses of water within the Eastern Cent-ral Pacific Ocean, he said: "The immediate signs of this strengthening La Nina suggest that this is going to become quite influential over the next few months. …

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