EDITORIAL Whimsical weather and commentators

EDITORIAL Whimsical weather and commentators

EDITORIAL Whimsical weather and commentators

EDITORIAL Whimsical weather and commentators
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The weather has been capricious for the past few days. It must rain so, finally, no. It must rain a lot and everyone is on high alert and after a short shower the sun is back. Better ! it does not rain but throughout the day there is this unpleasant sensation of persistent humidity in the air. We almost want to say: let it rain a lot and don’t talk about it anymore! This weather is driving us crazy, we tell you! But beyond the joke, it is perhaps a way to better understand how the question of meteorological accuracy is fundamental for our rulers. We saw it in August in Corsica where the formation of a violent stormy episode in a few moments was difficult for meteorologists to predict. However, after its passage, significant damage was recorded. And above all victims and injured. So now we have to adapt to more indecisive and less precise weather conditions? Should we then massively train meteorological engineers to better anticipate the risk? But are the resources allocated to the public body already sufficient today? Do Météo France specialists benefit from precision tools to work comfortably? Not really actually. Even if the public institution ensures that the time is “The result of complex processes that affect a very limited geographical area. It is therefore difficult to predict this type of phenomenon. It is easy to see from the French meteorological and climatological service website itself that most of its funding comes directly from the state, in the form of a grant. A budget that has fallen by 8% in five years. A recent senatorial note brings home the point. The contract signed in 2019 between the organization and Bercy aimed “a 15% reduction in the plant’s workforce” between 2018 and 2022. This is an annual average of 95 job cuts. And during this time, senior meteorologists and weather technicians have suffered a halving of their workforce. It is therefore difficult to ask them to better anticipate when those who pay them have not foreseen anything for years. And they continue to cut the branch on which they are comfortably seated to comment on the catastrophes of the sky …

Abdel Samari

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