Apparently past president George Fleming believes that flood forecasting is often hindered because prediction forecasting is not used as well as it could be (NCE 8 March).
As he refers to saturation of land, he must have in mind short term forecasting.
By way of contrast, during the recent floods, even television and newspapers have not questioned the expertise of Environment Agency engineers.
Anyone acquainted with their work knows that, when heavy rain is predicted, they work around the clock to update their published flood predictions by refining historical models in the light of relevant real time information, including all the factors mentioned by Professor Fleming.
David Walker (M), 14