FOI release

Winter resilience review: correspondence with the Met Office

Response to a request for details of correspondence and meetings between the winter resilience review team and the Met Office.


Meetings and correspondence between the department and the Met Office about the winter resilience review

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This is a response to a Freedom of Information request asking about meetings and correspondence between the winter resilience review team and the Met Office. The requester asks about circumstances where specific matters were discussed including:

  • the definition of ‘a severe winter’ when experts analysed the probability of such an event
  • the probability of severe winters and the calculation of their probability
  • the validity of assuming severe winters are statistically independent
Published 8 March 2011