By Paul Homewood
Following on from the heatwave that never was, the Met Office decided to hype Storm Betty. There was talk of half a month’s rainfall, maybe as much as 80mm:
The reality was much more mundane. Ballypatrick in N Ireland saw the most rain, 36mm, and the extremes in England and Scotland were much less than that:
As for winds, they forecast gusts up to 70 mph in exposed places, and 55 mph widely:
Sure enough, they found a handful of extremely exposed sites. Capel Curig, for instance, sits at an altitude of 216m in the middle of Snowdonia:
But down in the real world, the winds were a gentle breeze, even on that west coast of Wales, according to the Beaufort Scale:
But Gentle Breeze Betty does not have quite the same ring to it!