On spiders and the weather in France

Nothing much happening, but just thought I'd paste this hilarious clipping from Scuttle Bytes in the 'West Australian':

“Guess it's too soon to throw out human input altogether just yet. News from France this week revealed the lack of a human supervisor for the country's national weather forecastings ystem had led to a bit of a stuff-up after a small spider built its web on a weather sensor.

The unassuming arachnid's spot of home-building – on one of Meteo France's automatic weather sensors, which transmits its data every morning to a central computer without any human evaluation – promptly resulted in a snow alert for the western French city of Dinard. Apparently the spider web was covered with dew which crystallised overnight, leading the computer to diagnose a winter wonderland and suggest residents should start building snowmen.

“These things happen,” shrugged a Meteo France spokesman. “Sometimes we have birds build their nests in the transmitters and distort the data.”

Wonder what kind of weather forecast that throws up?”

In other news, while I'm in Melbourne next month, Australia will be able to celebrate having a population of 20 million. We've still got a while to go before we overtake the Canadians, but this isn't necessarily a bad thing. And we've already left the Dutch behind in our post-natal smoke. 😛


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