Stormy weather. Staff at the Met Office have been on strike over pay.

Their union, Prospect, says the 900 workers, based mainly in Exeter, get less than the private sector, and there is wage discrimination against women.

I wish them well, as I always do in disputes, because I know that taking industrial action is no joke.

You lose money, you risk losing your job and the media treat you like a criminal.

While we’re talking meteorological matters, just one important question: why does Keeley Donovan stand cross­legged while delivering the BBC Look North weather forecast?

I think we should be told.

Unemployment fell virtually everywhere in Britain in the last quarter of 2015. But not In Yorkshire, where it rose by 8,000 to 165,000.

And that’s just the lucky ones who still qualify for jobless benefit. Northern Powerhouse? Northern Workhouse, more like.

Spoilt brat Ronnie “I am a genius” O’Sullivan, bored stupid during his winning Welsh Open, suggested “creches for adults”.

I have news for the jaded snooker ace. They exist already, on many street corners. They’re called pubs. But please don’t come in my local.

Sarah Lancashire, who bravely quit Coronation Street to avoid being typecast, didn’t want to do a second Happy Valley.

I can see her point. The sequel is never as good as the original,


and the prequel is always worse than either. Except for Endeavour, the exception that proves the rule.

Still, I’m glad she was persuaded by scriptwriter Sally Wainwright to put aside her doubts and give us Grim Valley 2.

It’s gripping and Sarah’s a star. When we can hear what she says, that is.

Police told singer Charlotte Church “turn it down!” after neighbours complained about noise at her all­night 30th party that was audible three milies away.

It could have been Sir Tom Jones belting out “It was you, Decibel!”

But we’ll never know because her spokesman was unavailable for comment. Seeking hospital treatment for industrial deafness, presumably.