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Sir Ian Botham seems convinced that tomorrow Adelaide will be laid waste by a deluge of hailstones the size of grapefruits and England‘s hopes will dissolve like a wicked witch in a puddle. Botham has been in consultation with local meteorologists, who he declares are among the most accurate in world.

So as the fearsome reputation of their cricketers evaporates away, at least their weathermen continue to carry the torch of Australian excellence. Which raises the perennial question: why are Australians so good at predicting the weather?

For a long time Australian weather forecasters operated in the shadows of their British colleagues during a period when behemoths such as Bill Giles and Suzanne Charlton strode the earth. This was considered a threat to Australian national identity so the administration created a blueprint for future success which would be funded with government money. The centrepiece of the scheme was the establishment of a weather academy near Snowy River.  The academy became home to some of the most talented young weatherpeople in the country; teenagers who had excelled at geography or had shown an undue interest in rain.

The finest meteorological intellects were recruited to coach the young minds. This included the controversial employment of Ian McCaskill, poached from the BBC Weather Centre and ferried over on a huge salary. Eventually the new generation of weathermen  reached adulthood and quickly gained renown as the most prescient in the world, predicting weather not only in Australia but overseas also, frequently coming to England and guessing our weather too.

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Written by harrisharrison

December 6, 2010 at 9:17 pm

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  1. Don’t describe Suzanne Charlton as a behemoth.

    Clementine

    December 7, 2010 at 5:37 pm


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