Since late November we've seen a prolonged spell of severe wintry weather.
During this time, government organisations, businesses and the public have relied on the Met Office to provide accurate forecasts and weather warnings so they can plan for what's ahead.
Some feedback we have received
In a public survey back in November following a heavy snow warning, 80% of people surveyed said they were aware of the warning and 95% of those found the warning useful.
Earlier this month, following the severe snow in Scotland's central belt, a member of the public writing on The Scotsman's website said: "The snow WAS forecast on (the Met Office) website yesterday afternoon for midnight 3am 6am etc. They are not always right but they were with this one."
At the same time a Scottish council said: "The service that you have provided to us, continuously for the past 10 days has been excellent, effective, and very accurate, and we are very satisfied with it."
Earlier this week (w/e 24 December) the Daily Telegraph's leader column said: "The weekend's heavy snowfall was forecast with something approaching pinpoint accuracy by the Met Office."
Finally an airline sent a message recently to say: "The info has been good and the forecasting, actually, has been quite impressive!"
Updated below with MUST READ comments by Stephen Wilde