We haven't seen Dan for a few days, so let's see what's been said about him on the interwebs lately.
Starting off on a familiar note; not one, not two, but THREE new Dan-related Facebook groups...
Dan is the most entertaining weather man ever!!
Daniel Corbett for Prime Minister
Here's a selection of quotes from the group's founder:
Well into autumn now, not a good looking weekend coming along, one of those where you look out the window on Saturday morning with a king-sized hangover and say 'Oh Christ', time to dig out the doggies' coats perhaps, put some oil on the cat flap, watch out for those spiky chestnut pods falling on your bonce - oooch! - don't go for the lemonade and Auntie Edna's walnut cake in the park for lunch, not cold enough for the old long johns yet at least so let's be thankful for small mercies - that's the weather - for now
Dan's Manifesto to be published soon! Not seen it but I have it on good authority that highlights will include pledges to cut capital transfer tax on beach huts, higher thresholds on parasol import duties AND - best of all perhaps - the proposed abolition of all work on Friday afternoons and Monday mornings from May to September for those agreeing to perform a twice-weekly sun dance to make it worthwhile.
Get the brollies down from the loft for the weekend, barbecues dusted off, there's a low that's a bit of a troublemaker coming in from the Azores, something of a picnic spoiler, have the factor fifteen at the ready ... that's your weather - for now
Well, I'd vote for him.
A group for the true followers of BBC Weather Presenter Dan Corbett.
His down to earth, amusing, descriptive anecdotes and colourful metaphors create happiness right the way up the country.
And back down again. Hooray!
Not only have I lost count of the number of Dan-related Facebook groups, but I have also lost count of how many are named 'Daniel Corbett Appreciation Society'.
BBC Points of View Message Board
Who is your favourite BBC weather person?
Mine has to be Daniel Corbett. He is always so enthusiastic and cheery.
From such a promising start things rapidly descend into the usual message board nonsense; a mix of Dan-bashing (consider yourself duly warned) and amusing replies. For example, message #8:
I love Daniel Corbett. I call him 'The Bot' because he always closes like a robot with that outstretched arm of his.
The Bot!? o.O
And though this isn't really the place to pass comment on The Others;
#9: Neutral? The Schaf?? Pfft!
#10: Nice to see a bit of Des appreciation.
#26: 'John McElwee'?! Who Hell He?
#29: Poula Fisch - scorchio!
'Diddy' Daniel Corbett!!
Yes, a thread devoted entirely to Dan! But beware, there are a few anti-Dan comments - and the c-word raises its ugly head again. Message #1:
He's back!! Our favourite camp weatherman was back on our screens tonight. An exquisite hand ballet and the synopsis is showers tomorrow and fine for the rest of the week. Good to see you back Danny.
You can see me rolling my eyes, can't you?
This is yet another thread that rapidly descends into nonsense. I'm still trying to decide whether the reference to 'Thomas Shaveanacker' in message #28 is deliberate or an unfortunate spelling error.
This thread starts off with a complaint about Dan.
A complaint?! Outrageous. Best avert your eyes and skip straight to message #3:
Dan Corbett is actually one of the best weather men to appear on the BBC for the last 20 years, I wish the Beeb would dispense with their other weather presenters and stick solely with Mr Corbett. I also think he could branch out into presenting shows such as Escape To The Country & Cooking In The Sun.
In this day and age you'd think the BBC would've come up with a way to have Dan present every forecast, using CGI or somesuch.
And, as much as I look forward to Dan's occasional appearance on The Weather Show, I'm not entirely convinced about him presenting other programmes. However...
If they ever bring back Blockbusters I vote for Dan Corbett to switch from weather presenting to becoming host. Anyone agree?
"That's a nice little P there, just look at the little fellow, nestling rather like a cuckoo in a nest, just waiting for the early morning dew of Spring... Ah, fingers on the buzzers for this question..."
Dan Corbett - Weather presenter, Grandma obsessive
For a year or so I have always listened carefully to Dan Corbett's weather reports, not particularly for the weather, but for further evidence of a particular presenting tic he seems to have developed, which gives me a Stephen King style glimpse of his soul.
The fact is, he keeps mentioning "Granny".
For example "It's going to be cloudless and cold tonight, resulting in a little ground frost, so if you're popping over to Granny's house remember to take care".
He just said something similar a minute ago, prompting this post, but I was so busy laughing I didn't catch quite how Grandma was referenced.
I mention Stephen King, because he always seems to paint familiar matriarchs with a degree of reverence and spookiness, has Old Mother Corbett some mystical grasp over young Danny? Does she know he drives a 57 Plymouth Fury in Red? Is her care home built on an old Indian Burial Ground... possibly in Bolton?
Anyhow, I think I shall be noting these Granny references in more detail. It's just odd.
Odd? Charming, more like.
Always makes me think of Little Red Riding Hood.
I Don't Know Do I?
What's that, who's my favourite weather presenter? Good question, thanks for asking me. I thought I'd left all that "pretending to like weather presenter" stuff behind me at university and maybe I have for here's a specimen I genuinely admire. First brought to my attention when I went round to my friends house but then reaffirmed by my father, it proves this chap really does appeal to a wide demographic. His name is Daniel Corbett (or 'Dan' to his colleagues) and he's a cut above the rest. His arm movements are generally more animated than your average presenter but graceful with it, no one wants Kris Akabusi telling them it's going to rain tomorrow do they?
He gives you something deliciously different every time, until he signs off that is, then he's consistently resolute as a Beefeater during Lent. Daniel will always say "That's the weather (points at camera) for now."
It is naive to believe that weather forecasters are there simply to predict the following day's climatic conditions in as quick and clear a way as possible. Forecasters have become some of the most familiar faces and voices in national life. They have become celebrities and entertainers, but most of all symbols of what society - or its string pullers in the metropolis - accepts as the ruling average. Culturally, this makes them powerful.
However, where we once had Fish, Kettley and stick-on cloud symbols, the BBC has now inserted a cadre of pushy modernisers - many of them northern-accented show-offs who speak to the viewers as though they were sub-teen morons.
Ey, there's nowt wrong wi' a northern accent.
Mr. Letts then proceeds to bash most of the BBC Weather Team. Dan is not exempt. You may wish to avert your eyes again:
There's wide-eyed, camp-as-a-daisy Daniel Corbett, clapping his hands together with cruise-ship entertainer relish at the prospect of an incoming front of high pressure.
Ugh. Daily Fail indeed.
Anyhow, speaking of stick-on cloud symbols...
Here's some video, in case you're too young to remember such things on the BBC.
Primary Assembly: Weather Forecasting
Yet again, Dan's name is mentioned in conjunction with teaching. Really, what's going on there? I'm beginning to suspect all teachers are obsessed with Dan.
This primary assembly looks at the work of the meteorological office and the people who are involved with forecasting the weather as part of their career.
In Britain, debating the weather is a national pastime. At this time of the year we’re all pondering the important question – is it going to be a hot summer?
One of the most popular weathermen is Dan Corbett. He’s a hit on YouTube for his flamboyant and exciting style of speaking. He even has several fanblog sites! Dan is the man who has described bad weather as being 'like cold treacle running down fudge pie' or 'like a two-legged octopus'. I’d like to see one of those!
Why does he find the weather so fascinating?
‘I loved the weather and wanted to learn more about it, especially having grown up in the U.S. with its big snowstorms, tornadoes and hurricanes... Every day is different.’
There's even a suggestion that a clip of Dan could be shown to the pupils;
Go to YouTube and search 'Dan Corbett' and 'treacle'.
It needs to be done.
According to Alan Cooper, writing in Portsmouth Today, Alistair McGowan had everyone in stitches during his recent appearance at the Kings Theatre, Southsea.
My particular favourites were Jools Holland and BBC weatherman Daniel Corbett.
Dare we take this to mean Alistair's impression of Dan has improved since May? Let's hope so.
Apologies for the intermittent Twitter coverage on the blog. I keep forgetting to add relevant tweets here. However, you can see what people have been saying about Dan by looking at the ttwfn favourites or, if you've got a Twitter account, follow me.