Today's award goes to the German Weather Service.
The German Weather Service (DWD) issued a weather warning for North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) on Wednesday predicting 5 to 10 cm of snow and winds of up to 60 km/h.
"Due to snowfall of between 5 and 10 cm and wind speeds of up to 60 km/h snowdrifts will build up,” reads the email.
It also recommends that people avoid using their cars due to the fact that in places streets “will be impassable.”
The weather warning is for the first two days of July.
The contents of the email came as a surprise to residents of the west German state, which is currently enjoying blue skies and temperatures of up to 35 degrees Celsius [95 degrees Fahrenheit].
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When the DWD were informed of the contents of the email the mystery was finally cleared up, reports the Rheinische Post.
A spokesperson said "We were testing a new warning system and unfortunately we sent a completely false report to subscribers.
"Naturally given the temperatures outside one need not worry about snow drifts."
There's more at the link.
Given that most of Europe is currently in the grip of a heat wave so extreme that it poses dangers to the elderly and those with breathing difficulties, I'd imagine many will actually be disappointed that no snow arrived!
On the other hand, at least the German Weather Service hasn't come a cropper as badly as Britain's Meteorological Office did back in 1987. Michael Fish's comments on the BBC weather forecast the previous evening became legendary.
"Don't worry" turned into the so-called "Great Storm" of 1987. It killed 13 people and caused massive damage all across England. My favorite news story from the storm was of an ambulance that was struck by a passing yacht, drifting along on floodwaters! However, I'm sure the ambulance crew didn't find it as amusing as I did . . .