The Met Office predicts more dry weather for Ballater and Deeside. Jackie Bird does a Raindance


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Reporting Scotland tonight (3.1.17) took us back to Ballater and Deeside in December 2015 for one of their bigger ‘news’ stories. We saw again the dreadful floods, saw the one temporarily trapped old guy and heard of the one traumatised bairn who only has to hear a raindrop and he’s off to hide upstairs. We also heard from only two locals who feel the new defences are still not strong enough for another deluge. We didn’t hear from any expert or government official, as to the actual preparations that have been made, or who might have known how sound they were.

Is there extreme rainfall on the way? Does Jackie know something the Met Office doesn’t? Is she hearing voices from above?

Of course, we already know that flood defences across Scotland are far better than in England but hey why mention that when you want to scare everybody again? Why mention either that 2016 has been one of the driest years on record and so river levels are low or that the Met Office forecast for Ballater for the next seven days is dry?

Were they just short of news and had to fill in with something, anything or was the non-story about Police Scotland not enough bad news about Scotland?

The Scotsman had these actual news stories they could have lifted:

Raft of tech flotations expected as market bounces back

Edinburgh science venture targeting jobs growth

Too dry?


8 thoughts on “The Met Office predicts more dry weather for Ballater and Deeside. Jackie Bird does a Raindance

  1. Bill Cruickshank January 3, 2017 / 9:06 pm

    I live in Ballater the article was about Port Eplhinstone Inverurie!


    • johnrobertson834 January 4, 2017 / 4:09 pm

      Hi Bill
      They went to and reported from Ballater too as I remember and reported at the time. See:

      Here’s a bit where Jackie Bird says Ballater.

      ‘We report from Ballater!’ said as if it was ‘We report from Baltimore!’ RS headlined the ‘Ballatergate’ again. They’ve been on Deeside eight times now. I wonder if the Deeside Piper and Herald newspaper has got this scoop. No, quite the reverse, they’re ‘over it’ and moving on. In fact: ‘Floods won’t stop DYMT!’ they trumpet, mysteriously for those not on Deeside. Indeed, the Deeside Youth Musical Theatre youngsters have picked themselves up, dried themselves down and started all over again, with their version of Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour Raincoat! Jackie Bird opens by telling us ‘It’s almost three months since the flooding in Ballater.’ Yes I know, three months and you’re still going on about it! Why on earth are we still on this story? Does the reporter live there? Will it help to defeat the SNP in some way?


    • Clydebuilt January 4, 2017 / 11:06 am

      Dunno….hope it is though..think Bryan W.’s probably got it right…….

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  2. Bryan Weir January 4, 2017 / 10:45 am

    I had a look at this Skwawkbox thing yesterday and it looks like something produced by a wannabee. In my opinion it is nonsense. If it were true (and it would be great if it was) I think even our Unionist press would be all over it.

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