Weather Report were a definitive jazz fusion group led by the masterly keyboards man Jo Zawinul. They gotta be more interesting and correct than Dili weather reports.
Most mornings I listen to Radio OZ and I scream when I hear the Dili weather report. Now tell me what is the point of telling me it is going to be 28 degrees today and tomorrow 28 and maybe next month 30, rising up to a peak of around 34 early next year. Am I going to tuck in my down jacket, my fleecy underwear ? Maybe salube * in some silky boxers for the day. Perhaps dash out to “Top One” in Audian (Dili’s answer to any decent shop in Rodeo Drive) to update my wardrobe.
What is relevant is “will it rain/storm/bucket ?”. I get daily emails with the weather report. For weeks, it has been telling the same old 28 degrees and every 2nd day, predicts rain and fails. May as well recite a verse from Shakespeare instead.
My advice to the ABC (& others) is stop it before you need an arm extension to pick your nose. My suggestion follows :
ABC (& others) version : “Dili will be 28 degrees and cloudy”
My version : “Do I need to tell you that today will be 28 degrees ? Didn’t think so. Same as yesterday really … bit of wind. If you see those clouds building up over Dare, probably forget about it. Its just teasing. And that north-easterly wind, its when it stops that you have to worry. Stay cool.”
* Yet another OZ linguistic mastication of the wonderful word, salubrious. To salube is to enjoy the high life, curl the mo, strut your mutt. That is, aim to achieve a higher state of salubriousness. In other words, pretend things are a whole lot better than they really are … for an hour or two. For some reason, only used after the 5th drink.