I’ve been using MWIS for more than 10 years, way before they were funded officially. Geoff Monk started it as a “hobby” and then “monitised” it through advertising. Sports Scotland decided they needed a proper mountain weather service about 7 years ago and went to tender. Amazingly the “back bedroom” boys beat the Met Office.
Built by mountaineers for mountaineers the MWIS forecasts just seem to hit the spot. Nothing fancy about their presentation, just plain simple to read content that (as others have said) seems to be more accurate than other forecasts, including the Met Office Mountain forecasts.
On training courses I have pushed the use of these forecasts over others. The nice thing is that you can get proper synoptic charts through their site too.
I hope the MWIS forecasts continue. However, I am aware that there is a bit more to this than meets the eye. Others have commented that Mr. Monk can be an “interesting” person to do business with - although I have no experience of this.
As usual there are two sides to every story.
I’ll be watching carefully how this pans out.
I’ve signed the petition anyway.