BBC weatherman warns people of Kent to prepare themselves for temperatures of -99C


Blackleaf
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The BBC, which is famed for its gaffes, some comical and some more serious, has made anther boob.

This may be the coldest winter in Britain for 20 years, but viewers were still shocked when a weatherman wrongly predicted that temperatures in Kent were set to plunge to a record low of -99C (which is -146F), colder than the coldest place on Earth, Vostok station in Antarctica.

The BBC gaffe came weeks after viewers in the London area saw predictions of an extreme heatwave 232C (450F) in Windsor.

BBC weatherman warns people of Kent to prepare themselves for temperatures of -99C


By Daily Mail Reporter
06th March 2009
Daily Mail


Weathermen assure us this has been the coldest winter for 20 years, but even after weeks of freezing temperatures anyone living in Kent would have been surprised by a recent BBC TV forecast.

Forecaster Daniel Corbett wrongly predicted that temperatures were set to plunge to a record low of -99C (-146F).

As he ran through his predictions for the next day's weather, the map behind him showed the extraordinary number.


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Whoops: Corbett presents his forecast as the BBC graphics team gets it wrong

To put it into perspective, -99C is a full ten degrees colder than the coldest temperature ever recorded on Earth.

That was at Vostok, a Russian research station in Antarctica.

There, the temperature is regularly in the -30 to the -60C mark. This chilly weather is due to the exceptionally high speed of the arctic winds.

The katabatic or downward type winds that bring the brisk temperature, travel with speeds up to 200 mph from inland toward the coast of the continent.



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Frigid: Vostok station in Antarctica is the coldest place on Earth having records a temperature of -89C


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Occasionally chilly: Leeds Castle near Maistone in Kent where the BBC inaccurately forecast that temperatures would drop to -99C


The coldest temperatures usually occur during the winter months of July and August. That is when Antarctica is in its days of darkness.

Antarctica also holds the previous record of the lowest temperature on Earth at -88 C.

Although still unofficial, Vostok Station may have broken its own record for the coldest temperature on Earth. It has been reported that Vostok reached the temperature of -91C during the winter of 1997.

The BBC gaffe came weeks after viewers in the London area saw predictions of an extreme heatwave 232C (450F) in Windsor.

Forecaster Kirsty McCabe said there would be a 'few brighter spells' as the map showed the the inaccurate temperatures.

dailymail.co.uk
Last edited by Blackleaf; Mar 8th, 2009 at 01:58 PM..
 
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