Finding it strange that there have been no changes or improvements to BBC Weather graphics after over 4 weeks?
I feel watching BBC Weather is so depressing these days with grey cloud and mist being shown on every single forecast filling the screen up and making it seem the UK never gets any sunny spells - rather than just showing shadowing on the ground like ITV and the Met Office do.
I have to agree with this.
Whilst there have been a number of improvements, such as the removal of that sandy brown map, there are also some very obvious tweaks that surely ought to be addressed sooner rather than later. The two most obvious, that have been stated by others previously, are the manner the temperatures are presented and the use of place names.
Temperature presentation is extremely poor in my opinion. The gimmicky way they flick up is puerile. An instant colour visual behind the actual figure is surely obvious without question. The almost invisible strip below the figure is no substitute. This is one of the most important features of a weather forecast for the general population and is being presented badly. A couple of weeks ago on one of the late evening BBC News Channel forecasts the whole forecast was conducted with no reference to temperature with any figures whatsoever! Just a blank shaded colour map, which I found incredible.
Then there are those place names. We don't need an atlas, we need a weather forecast. If you were to stack all the place names together in one group and place them in the centre of the country they would almost equal the size of the entire UK. The current forecast on the BBC website begins with the map having no place names for about 2 seconds and looks far superior. They then fade up into view and stay for the duration. How about they appear for a couple of seconds at the start and then fade away to allow a proper UK map view without such clutter.
Last week during one forecast in the snowy weather I saw a forecast where the presenter had to inform the viewer precisely what the varying pieces of white on the chart actually signified, illustrating the issue there is with the representation of snow, fog and cloud. If you have to start telling people what your chart is trying to say then clearly it is failing in some way.
Mention has also been made of the forecasting of sunny weather. It would be nice to have a really striking and bold way of showing a sunny day across the nation, or parts of the nation. As it stands all a sunny day will be represented by is a green map and nothing more. A shame that, as one of the best weather conditions for most people literally has no actual representation at all. Of course this has been a feature since 2005 and the previous graphic already. It would be quite nice to see the classic "sunshine" symbols placed on the chart to show significant sunny parts of the country, surely? Sunshine should be represented! At least the BBC have the good sense to continue making use of their 43 year old classic symbols to a small degree. They should be cherished. To me they are the gold standard of BBC weather presentation, and they do the job required.
Consideration needs to be given to the size of the UK on screen. We are not all sitting in front of 50" screens.