The Dominion Post has published an interview with/article about Dan this weekend, with a few little snippets of information which are new even to me. However, given the inaccuracies in it about this blog, perhaps the other 'facts' are not so true either.
There is a cult (well, a fanblog) in the UK that streams our weather broadcasts, out of season, in devotion to TV One weatherman Dan Corbett.
Streaming Corb's forecasts? I WISH! It's hard enough just to watch them before they vanish into the ether, let alone stream them. Gah!
The former BBC weather presenter's quirky screen style – all fingers, anthropomorphism, and advice – has hooked fans here too, as well as earned the odd comparison to a gecko climbing a concrete wall.
Unfortunately, also true.
On-screen he admonishes the "big mean uglies" that disrupt picnicking plans, and coos almost proudly if "Mother Nature finally read the emails for some decent Christmas weather". He's described trough lines across the Pacific as "sort of dancing about like a blue sausage", referred to ducks clutching umbrellas and donning coats if it's raining hard, and is quick to tell you when it's "time to put the barbecue back in the garage".
His turns of phrase have been dubbed danisms by 'That's the Weather, For Now' – his dedicated fanblog – and are all ad-libbed on set.
Calling them Dan-isms (capital letter is important, hyphen unnecessary) wasn't my idea - seem to remember having read it online somewhere.
"It's important for someone like me, who's in your living room just a few minutes in the evening, to conjure up mental images that will stick – otherwise it's pointless. People would turn to look at their partner at the end of a bulletin and ask, 'so what's the weather tomorrow?'"
Conjuring up the mental image of Dan in my living room. Quick, best have a tidy up.
The whole article is worth a read. Very slightly different print versions exist (the title of the one in the Dominion Post being the title of this blogpost), all with similar amazing photos of Dan. Can't find a way to link to the articles on PressReader, but here are the photos: