Met Office officials this morning admitted that the declaration of a drought in certain areas of Britain was a basic error, caused by a new employee selecting the wrong option on a weather-reporting computer program.
“Turns out the kid got handed a printout from the forecasting supercomputer and was told to put the info into an update spreadsheet, but then confused ‘drought’ with ‘flood’,” stated Met Office representative Marcus Davies. “You see, the Daily Mail asks us for a weekly weather panic report so they have something other than cancer to scare the British public with. We knew that a spell of heavy rain was on the cards, so we decided that ‘flood’ would be appropriate.”
The mistake resulted in the wrong red-alert being sent out, resulting in hosepipe bans rather than sandbag provisions. Andy Evans from the Association of British Insurers raised his concerns about potential battles for home insurance payouts, noting that some companies may not cover the cost of damage caused by flooding as a Met Office alert had been released, albeit an incorrect one.
“This mistake could mean that we’re looking at a bunch of customers feeling drown-right-pour.”