I've been gritting my teeth a little for the past 24 hours when watching TV forecasts. We have a MO amber warning highlighting the area most at risk of flooding - N England and into the NE Midlands all the way down to Northampton. No highlighting of Wales.
Let me say clearly - I'm in favour of forecasts talking about impacts but the weather has to be mentioned first.
In forecasts we've heard statements about 'the peaks and the Pennines' - I assume the former is a way of referring to the Peak District. However, model output showing rainfall accumulations often shows higher totals this week over NW Wales. Won't rivers there rise quickly - maybe the floods there are just briefer (as the rivers are flashier than in central England) and so don't count?
Why am I bothered? Because on the news headlines on a national radio station just now they (LBC) are referring to heavy rain in N England and the NE Midlands, just copying the area highlighted in the MO amber warning. I accept that the severe wx warnings are partly about impacts, but somewhere down the line (i.e. in forecasts) we need to distinguish more clearly between weather distributions and the distribution of impacts.