As reported by the The Telegraph:
The Met Office knew that Britain was facing an early and exceptionally cold winter but failed to warn the public, hampering preparations for some of the coldest weather on record.
In October the forecaster privately warned the Government – with whom it has a contract – that Britain was likely to face an extremely cold winter.
It kept the prediction secret, however, after facing severe criticism over the accuracy of its long-term forecasts.
The Met Office eventually issued a public warning about the early onset of winter a month later, just days before snow and ice covered much of Britain and temperatures plummeted to the lowest on record.
Typical doublespeak from the met-office and quite telling that ukgov have a contract with weatheraction.com!
UK Governments "delivering greater transparancy" buzzword - reasurringly dependable!
The cold weather gave me opportunity to develop my skills as an ice hardness tester - my knees, hips elbows and head were the only equipment required for this ...
Nice video !