YouTuber pazzy768 has made a compilation video of some choice Dan-isms for your enjoyment:
Is weather journalism a new direction for Dan? An article about El Nino appeared in today's Hawke's Bay Today, written by a Dan Corbett.
Find it too much of a coincidence to believe it was written by somebody else with the same name and a detailed knowledge of meteorology.
There are no obvious Dan-isms in the article to fully give the game away, but reading it very much put me in mind of those pieces he used to do for the Weather Show on the BBC News Channel.
Dan features in this week's TV Cream Creamguide:
Well, we know what this is, so let's instead delve into the postbag and a brilliant letter from Andrew. "More news regarding ex-BBC weatherman Dan Corbett. You'll remember he left the BBC in 2011 to take up a role at the MetService in New Zealand. I had a look to see what Dan's up to these days and he's still working for the MetService. I assumed he was doing forecasts on the television as he did at the Beeb, but that's not quite true. He does pop up in TV interviews when there's severe weather knocking about, but his main role is doing the video forecasts on the MetService website. I was thrilled to find that he does five or six forecasts a day, every day, all viewable online from the UK.
It's hard to believe, but he's even better than he was at the Beeb. Arms frantically waving about, colourful turns of phrase ('drunken octopus', 'big red gorilla in the corner of the room') sound effects ('VOOM!', 'NIAOOOW!') and silly voices ('no, not moving mate!') crop up all the time, and he even poses as the things being described (Dan loves his octopus). He'll even hop around like an Easter bunny. Top stuff and, needless to say, much better than the current Beeb standard.
Very little of his NZ forecasts on YouTube, so I've collected his best stuff over the last couple of months and uploaded them for posterity. Look out for his pick up sticks, string round a lawnmower and the aforementioned octopus/Easter bunny.
Anyway, I was writing this email to you last week, when... he announces he's leaving the MetService! Would you believe it? He's going travelling round the world with his wife for a few months (his make-up artist at the Beeb, apparently) before 'returning to the northern hemisphere'. Could he return to the UK? Watch this space.
Slightly annoyed that I've missed three years' worth of free Corbett. From what I saw, something of a Dan golden age, and he'll never have the free reign at the Beeb that he had down under, but it would be ace to have him in the UK again. He did visit the BBC weather team a few months back while on holiday (here's a photo tweeted by the Beeb so maybe it's a sign of things to come?"
"Even better than he was at the Beeb"?! Tough talk there.
I suppose the forecast videos were generally more -ism packed but I still miss Dan's 6 Music forecasts on a daily basis.
The episode of Heresy in which Janet Street-Porter declares a violent passion for Dan and his spits and spots (first broadcast in June 2010) was repeated on BBC 4 Extra today.
Listen on the iPlayer, the relevant part is from around 17 minutes in. There's another airing of it tomorrow at 1
pmam, so I suspect it'll be available on the iPlayer until Thursday 5th June.
Now here's a sentence I never imagined I would write; Dan was on EastEnders tonight.
Peter Beale's just turned off the BBC weather forecast, presented by Dan Corbett... who moved to New Zealand in 2011. #EastEnders— Mark Simpson (@mark_simpson) May 13, 2014
Look! There he is!
Not quite sure what the BBC's done to the iPlayer but I can't find a way to link to a specific point in a programme any more. Not that it's really necessary in this case; Dan is on right at the start, immediately after the opening titles.
...your car, you shift it into a different gear, that's what's going to happen. It's all down to the wind, next couple of days that warm southerly wind could push temperatures up across a good part of the British Isles. Then, shift the wind, down comes the cooler air and some of us by the end of the week might be grabbing a couple of extra pullovers. And look at the temperatures, middle twenties for some of us...
At which point Peter Beale rudely turns the telly off.
EastEnders script writers: to add realism to your soap opera, either use a weather forecaster who didn't leave the BBC / the UK almost three years ago or at least have Peter Beale stare in awe at the telly until the forecast had finished in the manner of most normal people viewing one of Dan's broadcasts.
Despite there being a couple of Dan-isms sparkling in that short clip, I can't find any mention of them on this blog. GASP!
Added a searchbar thing to the blog and found it straight away - it's a forecast from September 2010.
Watch EastEnders on the iPlayer (available until 19th May) and there's a Vine of a small snippet of it, below.
Dan has decided to take an extended break to travel overseas before deciding on his next career move. We wish him all the very best and will miss his fantastic one-liners and amazing ability to entertain (while communicating important information!)
Some serious Dan-appreciation going on in the comments there.
Colourful Corbett leaving MetService
The man who made talking about the weather an art form is leaving MetService.
Dan Corbett is today having his last day at MetService, where he has worked since 2011 – explaining the weather in colourful terms that people with no knowledge of meteorology can understand.
A "rip-snorting southerly" that slammed into Wellington last June was "like a freight train without a driver", a low stalled in the Tasman Sea delivering warm air to New Zealand was like a "like a car in mud", and a fine day in spring has been "the kind of fine day you'll want to grab with both hands and say 'it's mine'."
Corbett – a Brit who previously had been a television weather forecaster for BBC in Britain and the United States – plans to take his family travelling, then to embark on "the next phase of life, whatever that happens to be".
Arriving in Wellington in 2011, he was soon in the middle of extreme weather events, including snow falling in Courtenay Place and The Terrace in Wellington that year, then last year’s June storms which created havoc around Wellington, including at Corbett’s home, where a tree crashed into his shed.
Even after covering tornadoes in the United States, New Zealand proved exciting in the meteorology game – especially compared to Britain’s bland weather.
"Here, you get some really, really mean weather."
His colourful turn of phrase was an effort to make the weather understandable to all, he said.
For example, rather than talking about an "intense trough" he would also explain it as the sort of weather "all the ducks at the duck pond will be smiling".
There's a great video compilation of Dan-isms at the top of that article which is well worth a watch.
Celebrating three years of Daniel Corbett
Wow. A feature on a nightly national news programme. Imagine THAT!
Whena Owen interviews Dan in his last hours at MetService as he is clearing his desk.
Over some footage of him at the BBC:
"Dan came here to the New Zealand MetService from the BBC where he had a bit of a cult following."
HAD? He still has, Ms Owen.
We hear Dan is going travelling around the world with his wife:
"Probably spend some time in the States, maybe in the UK and then after that we'll just see what life brings."
Then Dan gives his final forecast:
"For Sunday for a lot of us it's just a nice day. You wake up in the morning, maybe knock on Mum's door [knocking gesture] and say, 'come on, we're going for lunch,' and you'll have a nice day ... Some nice-looking weather just to finish off across most of the country and that's the weather from Dan."
There's a Vine of that sign-off - and video of the whole thing - below.
As I said three years ago, I'm hoping this won't spell the end for this blog and that we might still hear from Dan from time-to-time.
I'll be sure to post any news here and on Twitter too.
Until then; that's the weather, for now...
Dan's last day at MetService!
It looks like a mess, almost like a four-legged spider just doing one of these in the sun.
Mothers Day, take her out, nice-looking day.
Like a piece of blue plasticine, thin it out.
That's how it looks for now. This is my last broadcast for MetService TV but of course more at MetService-dot-com [nod].
Some quieter weather to come. slightly cooler weather as well but that's Mother Nature saying, 'winter is not far away.' That's the weather for now...
You can see that little line of colour, like you've been to the paint shop and said, 'some red and green please,' and then you go pthoom, like that.
There's a Vine of that below.
The next high bulges in, the other high is just sitting there and he's a slow-moving bloke, just like... [unclear - see Vine, below].
Heading there next week as well, sunglasses, sun hats, bucket and spade, you'll be doing fine. That's the weather, for now.
There are Vines of both of these, below, along with videos of each of today's video forecasts.
One look at the weather map and you go [shields eyes, sharp intake of breath], eee, wow. Just grab your raincoat.
That's how it looks, it looks like a mess, like you've just taken some pick-up sticks and said, 'there, that's the weather for tomorrow.' [see pic]
There's all these different pieces, almost like looking at a washing machine [circles finger round] and all the clothing spinning around.
Pitter patter of the old raindrops on the old windows.
In some spots you're stepping outside in the morning saying, 'ooh, I need a jumper.'
Remember the big lump of blue here. All the energy's gone out so it's like having a piece of plasticine, you roll it out [gestures doing so], and it's just fragmented.
The cloud actually looks like a bit of a moth-eaten bit of lace or something.
This high [burly gesture], big fat bloke just sitting there saying [adopts accent], 'not moving, mate.' And he doesn't [see pic].
This is one of those weeks where, if you've been looking for a dry day on the calendar to do the washing you'll go, 'hmmm, let's see.' [see pic]
That low, like a drunken octopus, flailing its arms around [does so].
You'll notice by the end of the week you'll be saying, 'where's my jumper?'
High pressure waiting like a quiet schoolboy to finally come in.
The upper trough bringing in that oomph in the atmosphere, that's why the cloud is going boom, like a big pot of soup on the stove and you leave it on high, blmp, blmp [bubbling up gesture], bubbles up.
The colder air, you're wondering, where's that? Well, all the time it's been waiting down there like a quiet schoolboy just sitting outside the headmistress' office and she finally says [sternly] 'You, come in.' [beckons - see pic]
Dunedin, eleven. Extra coats, please!
Mother Nature is saying, 'you know what, winter isn't too far away.'
There's our little wiggly front, like a bit of a red snake just sort of slipping along.
All the while the colder air is sitting waiting behind that low. That slowly opens like somebody says, 'one, two, three, floodgates please!' Open them [gestures doing so] and up comes the cold air.
Almost like a bit school of fish, VHUM, straight north, that's the cooler air that'll be spreading its way in by the end of the week. That's the weather for now...
See this darker blue here, like you've taken blue paint [gestures holding up a paintbrush] and just gone trrr, like that, rub it in [gestures doing so].
Finally, we've cleared it all away [energetic sweep of arms], we say, 'hey, [points] you over there, high pressure, build in.'
This high, he's waiting for this bloke here to clear away. Once he does he says, 'right, I'm off.'
The winds coming down like a ski slope, [slides hands rapidly downwards] VHUM, straight down.
Mother Nature knocking on the doors [knocking gesture] saying 'yes, we're well and truly into autumn now' and winter perhaps just round the corner.
This'll be Mother Nature [knocking gesture] just saying 'hello-o!' Yep, winter's not far away.
We're now getting into the business end of autumn.
If you're maybe stepping off the plane, let's say in Melbourne, you say, 'Wow! This is great!'
There's the storm system, ha-haa, coming in.
Notice how the orange comes down like spilling a bit of it on the plate there.
The ones that [looks at watch] sort of pop up in the afternoon and you go [points - see pic], ah, there's one [points], there's another. Not game-changers of sorts.
Quite an active weather system. It's like a big turbine, vvv! Winding in.
Watch the area of blue, it starts to thin, like taking a piece of blue plasticine, you pull it apart, pull it apart [gestures doing so] and the next thing you know you can't see it.
We've cleared the first weather system out of the way, catch your breath for a bit then you look at the big ugly monster in the corner of the room, the next weather system.
There's video of this one, below.
Lovely bend of cloud there. That's almost like taking some paint and going phewwww [traces line of cloud].
The winds are that bit more scattered, like ants running around not knowing where to go.
Look at the afternoon numbers; nineteen, twenty. That'll be nice when you're maybe outside say with the sandwich [gestures eating one] in the park or something.
The high just says, 'h-huh, no, I'm not leaving.' It just sort of sits in place. Enjoy the high, a decent weekend, enjoy it [laughs], look out west, yeah, it's like a big carwash machine [spins hand round], vrrr! You put your car in that.
As the high builds in the atmosphere just goes [calming-down gesture] 'ahhh,' chills out.
You see where that blue is, you'd think I'd been to the paint shop and just grabbed some blue [gestures doing so] and gone [throwing gesture] boom, like that.
You'll see it sitting there, poised. One, two, three, open the gates, VHUM!
It won't be one of those weekends bathing on the beach [leans back - see pic].
Look at those winds, they're almost just like lost [touches head] like which way do I go?
The high builds in and says, 'no, enough of you,' but the big gorilla in the room is that bloke there.
We're kicking the weather system out the back door and we're locking it as well.
They get quite small, like almost disappearing [bends down], falling down the drainhole of sorts.
Little pieces of energy rotating around, almost like little brushes of sorts, flipping their way across central areas.
The clearer skies, lighter winds, what are temperatures gonna do? Boom [dropping gesture], straight down.
Might be tempted, looking for those extra logs.
It's one of those days where you step out in the morning and go [looks up - see pic], 'blue sky, wow!' Quite nice.
Then the front, like a piece of blue plasticine, ppp [plasticine pulling gesture], you pull it apart, it fizzles.
The high spreads itself out and says, 'how about a decent weekend?'
Get ready though, what's that thing out there? It's like a big carwash with one of those spinning brushes [spins hands].
The remnants of a little squirly-looking thing, like a little two-legged spider.
Almost like a washing machine, different lumps of clothing spinning around [spins hands round], different lumps of energy.
All the bits and pieces like a bit like an angry octopus going like this [flails arms madly].
See that next little low? Almost like spokes like lumps of washing, spinning around in the old washing machine.
Clearer skies and light winds, perfect recipe for the temperatures to go, boom [dropping gesture], straight down at nights.
This weather system, it's done its thing, there it goes, b-bye.
That high sits in place, shifts the car into park and hangs around for a while. That's the weather for now...
You'll be outside grabbing the logs, maybe the extra blanket or two.
Looks like Mother Nature's probably been outside in the back just putting on her ugly face [gestures doing so].
Good line of colour there, like taking a red can of paint [gestures holding up a paintbrush] and gone pfmmm, like that.
Shame I didn't have the opportunity to Vine this one:
Another surge of colder air from the Southern Ocean, so it's almost like Mother Nature's sort of sitting outside [this next bit almost growled through gritted teeth - see pic] aaargh, aaargh [then normally] saying, 'colder air is coming.'
You're heading there and you're thinking, 'ahhh, sunbathing,' [arms out]. Grab your extra layers.
Timaru hit hard by flooding
We've had a bit of a weather system that's sort of like a spun round octopus of sorts, different arms flailing, different areas of rain.
The radar's been lit up like a Christmas tree.