UK Met Office Forecaster Bill Giles tells Lord Smith of chairman of Environment Agency: It’s not a new kind of rain. It’s completely normal
Giles says Smith's comments show that he has 'no concept or knowledge of meteorology'. Giles: 'There is nothing new about convective rain. Perhaps next time he should get a meteorologist to check his answers so that he doesn't appear so ignorant of simple straightforward facts. How on earth could we have appointed as chairman of the Environment Agency someone who so obviously doesn't understand basic meteorology [like] Lord Smith?'