It was a bad storm – in fact it was the worst storm to hit southern Britain in well over 250 years, causing huge damage and killing 18 people.
I remember trying to get to work and being amazed by all the felled trees and damage to houses. There was a very eerie feeling around, but the storm is mostly remembered now by that forecast.
Weatherman Michael Fish said that a woman had rung the BBC saying there was a hurricane on the way. “If you’re watching, don’t worry, there isn’t” he said.
In later years he insisted he had been talking about the weather near the US coast, and that also in the forecast he did go on to say it would be very windy across Britain.
It’s true that the storm that came wasn’t technically a hurricane, but of course the facts never stop a good folklore story taking hold, so Fish’s place in TV history was set.
Talking of facts, that’s the goal achievement lesson to be drawn from the story…
Weather forecasting can be hard. I remember hearing a long time ago that if you look out of the window and assume the weather tomorrow will be the same as it is right now, you’ll be right 75% of the time.
Naturally the technology has moved so much in 25 years, that the 3 day forecasts of today would equal a one day forecast back then. Winds change. Weather fronts change. That’s why predicting the weather can go wrong.
Despite my ‘look out of the window’ method, if we want to know what the weather’s going to look like, what do we do? We go to a forecast.
We go to a trusted source, perhaps a national broadcaster like the BBC. It’s the same when checking facts for how to achieve a goal, you go to trusted sources. Just because it’s a ‘trusted’ source though, it doesn’t mean it is always accurate!
Cross check the facts you come across.
Most people woke up on October 16th 1987 to surprise at the damage, after all Michael Fish had said there wasn’t a hurricane on the way. If you don’t check other facts, you may get some equally nasty surprises along the way.
Whatever your goal is, when you do your research on how to make progress, don’t just accept the first fact that comes your way – go to a second source, or a third, to make sure you aren’t setting yourself up to get blown off course!
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‘Til Next Time,
Health & Happiness,
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