Exacta Weather and the Daily Express – The Truth

Fake Weather News from Exacta Weather and The Daily Express

It’s nearly Winter again, and if you look at the headlines in the papers, specifically The Daily Express UK News, you’ll notice that the silly season has started again, particularly regarding fake weather stories. It’s noticeable that the same names crop up consistently – Exacta weather, James Madden, Piers Corbyn and Nathan Rao.

animated picture showing fake weather stories from the daily express newspaper featuring exacta weather and nathan rao
Some fake weather news pages from the Daily Express Newspaper featuring exacta weather and nathan rao

There also appears to be a small hardcore of characters feeding the papers with this rubbish. The newspapers lap it up, because it sells their copy through sensationalising, and that is their business. Most of the stories aren’t based on fact at all, and some are completely fabricated irresponsibly by the writers.

The Main Culprit of Fake Weather Stories is Exacta Weather

The three main protagonists of the fake weather stories seem to be:

James Madden (owner of Exacta Weather)

Nathan Rao (freelance journalist often seen posting as a Science Writer in the Daily Express)

Piers Corbyn (Weather Action owner and brother of Labour Party leader Jeremy)

Exacta Weather 

exacta weather logo and webpage

Now, as a seasoned amateur weatherman, these three collectively make my blood boil. The first of them, James Madden (‘forecaster’ at Exacta Weather) is in my opinion the main driver of the rubbish predictions we see in the tabloid newspapers every other day. The Daily Express Newspaper is the worst for this.

There’s always a quote from him, three or four paragraphs down, usually heavy with hyperbole. If you read a weather story in the Daily Express News and James Madden/Exacta Weather is included in it somewhere (in fact, make a point of looking for him), please discount it as complete hogwash.

He tries to give the impression that Exacta Weather are a huge company, with banks of computers generating their own model output for James to interpret, but in fact Exacta Weather isn’t even registered at Companies House. No, James is a one man operation running as a sole trader from a flat in Lancaster.

A one man rubbish factory. He misleads about his ‘company’ to make you think he’s a force in weather forecasting. In reality he’s just a chancer who saw a route to make some easy money after fortunately predicting the snow and cold in December 2010.

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Every winter now it seems The Daily Express are spouting stories of Snowmaggedon, with 3 months of blizzards and record low temperatures. They claim links with Solar activity, El Nino, and other pseudo-scientific links that are at best dubious and at worst complete and utter garbage.

James Madden

James Madden was lucky enough to guess (NOT forecast) the cold December of 2010 and has been trying ever since to replicate that luck under the monicker of Exacta Weather, but it has deserted him.

In fact, if you want to know what the weather is going to be like, presume it will be the opposite of what James predicts and you won’t be disappointed. In fact, if you’d placed a bet with the bookies you’d have made a decent sum due to Exacta Weather being totally and consistently wrong since 2010.

Nathan Rao

photo of nathan rao

Nathan Rao has somehow wormed his way into the celebrity forecasting slot. He likes the sound of his own voice and is one of the new breed of people who’ll apparently do anything to be on TV. He is accepted into the celebrity fold because he fits perfectly into the mould. All teeth and no substance.

He is a professional journalist who writes sensational copy to sell newspapers. In that respect, he’s an Editors dream, but his stories contain very little science and sometimes I think he’s submitting a script for the latest Hollywood disaster movie.

He should know better, but he’s more concerned with letting the World know he’s the biggest Madonna fan. Enough said I think.

Piers Corbyn

piers corbyn and jeremy corbyn

I first came across Piers Corbyn when he was invited to speak at a Meteorological Society meeting at Durham University in the early 1980’s. He is the brother of Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour Party leader. He (Piers) looks like a typical mad professor type and for a while I thought he had an interesting product, WeatherAction, but it didn’t hold up to scrutiny.

He claimed to have bet on the outcome of his own predictions with a great deal of success, but like the other two, he’s a fanatical self publicist and believes he can declare his own success rate, without having his methods independently verified by his peers. That doesn’t work.

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In fact, it is a common factor that these people all believe they can verify their own methods and their results. They claim high levels of success, but strangely, independent analysis of their methods if they allowed it would reveal actual success rates are worse than chance.

That means that an average chimpanzee could produce results just as good or even better than their systems. Would you take advice on planning your holidays/activities from a chimpanzee?

exacta weather snowman - a puddle with sticks, stones and a carrot made to look like a melted snowman

My advice if you are a discerning reader of weather stories, dismiss these people as charlatans and instead listen to people who know what they’re talking about. Certainly don’t read the Daily Express for factual weather news.

Read weather reports from our own Prof Tim Burt (Durham University), Roger Brugge (University of Reading), Trevor Harley and the Royal Meteorological Society. Liam Dutton also tries his hardest to challenge these people producing the sensationalist headlines and can be found Tweeting regularly.

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17 thoughts on “Exacta Weather and the Daily Express – The Truth”

  1. Not long to go now until the Daily Express Wheels out it’s worse winter for 30 years headline, with a whole plane load of Beasts from the east flying in on displaced polar vortex’s.

  2. I am f*****g fed up with this kind of s**t being said about how cold the weather will be in the uk. Every year these mindless morons tell the same old lies,they really need to get their heads seen to.

  3. From Essex Dave, according to the Express we are going to have a heatwave that will extend well into September, I don’t pretend to know all the jargon they use but temperature around the 30s, what an awful thought as I’m a nice Autumn day kind of guy, if it’s all guesswork from these people the Express should be ashamed of itself

    • Well, you’ve got the best chance of any further summery weather down in the South East corner. It’s still more than two weeks away, so confidence wouldn’t be high from this range. I would look again closer to the time, but I wouldn’t use the Daily Express/Nathan Rao/Exacta Weather as your source. Our very own Met Office will tell you everything you need to know.

      Regards, Dave

    • Well Harold,

      The forecasts have now firmed up and we are indeed going to see a return to summer. Get your BBQ gear and sunscreen on! Seriously, a heatwave is going a bit far, but it looks like the weather will be quite pleasant and reasonably warm. Enjoy!


    • Hi Harold, Thanks for the question.

      Well, judging by their previous efforts, probably not very, although I haven’t read what they say.

      Long range it looks like the weather will settle down and warm up a bit, but a ‘heatwave’ is questionable.

      Where abouts are you from?


  4. – They would do better, predicting the next lottery winner! …… It amazes me how these guys keep their jobs – & as for the Daily Express & their trivia reporting of news presenters; (‘nan’ & the rest) – well, I MEAN; does anyone REALLY WANT TO KNOW?
    – I think I will start subscribing to the GUARDIAN.

    • Well, i’m glad to say that the exacta weather website is now no more and the domain name is parked with his provider. I’d like to think the pressure exerted here, along with elsewhere on Facebook by other active investigators have stopped his fraudulent activities. His facebook page still exists though, so beware.

    • I wonder how many old people have been scared to death by this fake forecasting, The Express should be shut down.

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