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  Issue No. 2226 Online Edition Thursday 21 August 2014 
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Ascension : MAGICAL MET MEN
Submitted by The Islander (Met Office) 16.02.2006 (Article Archived on 02.03.2006)

Cast your minds back to October 1987 when Michael Fish categorically stated that there would not be any hurricanes across the U.K! Now fast forward to Saturday the 11th of February 2006.

Cast your minds back to October 1987 when Michael Fish categorically stated that there would not be any hurricanes across the U.K! Now fast forward to Saturday the 11th of February 2006.
Imagine the scene ten intrepid people set of for a walk to visit Pillar Bay. Upon making our way from the cairns towards pillar bay in near bake oven temperatures, one of the party said wouldn’t it be good if we could have some rain now from the clouds above Green Mountain.


We all muttered our agreement, at the same time another member looked up overhead & said well it might just happen, look at that big black cloud.
As we were “fortunate” to have one of the resident met men with us we asked hey *------* (name withheld to save embarrassment) what are the chances of a shower from that cloud to cool us down. *------* looked up studied the cloud for a few brief seconds then with glowing confidence uttered three simple words “NOT A CHANCE”. Oh o.k. we all said gloomily never mind.
One maybe two minutes passed and as we neared the letterbox we felt the familiar spit spat of water on our parched skin, we looked up then at each other and in unison cried it’s raining, it was all but a brief shower but it did rain, the look on Grahams (Oops sorry) face was a picture!  Whilst sitting at the letterbox taking a well earned break, we were discussing the fallibility of weather predictions giving the poor met man a good ribbing, one of the party suggested that the Met Office is presented with a new pine cone & strip of seaweed!

 

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