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Climate Control

by | 5th, October 2005

‘WHO can fail but to look out of the window on a day like this, take in gulp of visible air and scream: “SCORCHIO!”

‘And for those of you watching in black and white, it’s snowing’

Not us, and not the Met Office’s weathergirls, who, as the Times reports, have been told to put a nice spin, or a small cyclone, on the weather report. They are to accentuate the positives.

No more will there be a “small chance of a shower” not when it’s “mainly dry”. “Localised storms” for some really mean “dry for most”. A massive hurricane heading for the southern States of the USA becomes, to the Times’s cartoonist “tremendous kite-flying weather”.

As a Met Office spokesman explains: “We are asking forecasters to think carefully about the language they use. If there is bad weather in a remote, relatively unpopulated part

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