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Factfile Red skies and red faces

DESPITE being relegated to a factual bulletin at the end of the news, the TV weather report has always entertained us with its bloops, mistakes and unexpected events.

Most famous of all was forecaster Michael Fish's decision in 1987 to tell BBC viewers that a woman had called the BBC to say a hurricane was on the way, but not to worry as there would only be high winds.

Next day one of the worst storms on record struck the UK, causing more than £2 billion worth of damage. Mr Fish never lived it down and British weathermen are now said to pay heed to the "Michael effect" and routinely predict a worst-case scenario in order to avoid being caught out.

Four years ago the BBC apologised in 2010 after weatherman Tomasz Schafernaker was caught making a rude gesture live on air. He made the sign after news presenter Simon McCoy jokingly said his forecast would be "100 per cent accurate". A clip of Mr Schafernaker badly mispronouncing the word 'site' in an earlier broadcast has also been circulated on the internet.

Two years ago Prince Charles had a go at reading the weather during a tour of BBC Scotland's Pacific Quay. BBC newsreader Sally Magnusson handed over to Prince Charles, who read his version of Reporting Scotland's lunchtime weather.

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