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...
Thanks to Christopher Wong for the video.