Met Office staff given huge bonuses for getting weather forecasts right
Staff at the Met Office have shared huge bonuses after they met accuracy targets for public forecasts and weather warnings last year.
In total last year the Met Office handed staff £2.7million, with £942,000 of this given for meeting accuracy targets.
The news will surprise many in Devon and Cornwall who have experienced the Met Office's series of forecast blunders, such as 2009's 'barbecue summer' prediction which resulted in a washout season.
The bonuses are the highest ever amount paid to staff in bonuses for correctly predicting the weather compared with each of the past five years.
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Forecasters achieved this with the aid of a new ‘supercomputer’, which costs £8million a year to help with predictions.
The Met Office’s chief executive John Hirst was last year paid a total of £185,000, which included a bonus payment of £20,000 – although he took a voluntary pay cut in April last year when his contract was extended.
Almost 2,000 staff at the organisation were also given a £346 bonus in their wages as a congratulations for hitting their weather forecast accuracy targets.