Weather forecasters' superfluous language and babble

The trio of weather forecasters appearing on BBC Weather forecasts in Scotland provide a very welcome example of informative and well paced presentations. The content and style of their presentations engages the listener or viewer. That contrasts with the presentations made by presenters in England many of whom, but not all, tend to lace their rushed delivery with superfluous phrases and babble. More

Posted: 170207
A letter to the editor of the Times from Chris Hunt Cooke on the "oddity of some of the phrases used by weather forecasters" was published in the Times on Monday 6th February 2017. The letter followed a piece by Carol Midgley in her "Notebook" column in the Times on Friday 3rd February 2017 on a "pox on TV weather forecasts" where forecasters tend to use their own version of English to describe weather conditions and many, not all, tend to babble - partly because the presentation includes so many superfluous phrases but also a short time allocation.

In the in the Weather Eye column in the Times on Tuesday 7th February 2017 Paul Simons makes a telling point about the oddity of phrases used by weather forecast presenters. He notes audiences crave "plain and simple information . . . stripped of superfluous language and delivered without amateur dramatics" as "we want facts, not entertainment".
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