"We Are Still In The Story Of Rain"

by Zoe Pollock

Nick Asbury salutes the BBC's retiring weatherman Rob McElwee for his linguistic ingenuity:

Note how Rob's last words thank us for ‘listening', not for ‘watching'. It's a deliberate choice of word, aimed at those people who tried to meet him halfway. And it's an implied critique of the way forecasting has become an increasingly visual medium – full of whizzy graphics and camera-friendly presenters. Rob knows that, in the end, it's all about the words.

Asbury includes a list of McElwee's best phrases. Money quote:

This coming month will prove the point as we bring back very cold air and then sit in it.