Euphemisms

Presenter speakReal Meaning
A bit more in the way...
A change in wind directionVeer/back
A drier dayLess wet than yesterday
A fair bit of cloud aroundRather cloudy
A fairly decent kind of dayFair
A little bit soggyWet
A lot of clear skies aroundLong clear spells
A lot of cloud aroundCloudy
A mucky rush hourA wet morning
And that's ya' forecastNo, I think it was yours
Arctic blarstNortherly airstream
BatterUsed to describe any kind of named storm
Beast from the eastEasterly
Best of the sunshineSunniest place
Best of the temperaturesBest? really in these days of AGW - are highest temperatures really the best?
Best of the weather
Bits and pieces of rainOccasional rain
Blow that rain away?
Blustery windsFresh or strong winds
BreezyModerate wind
Brighter breaksSunny intervals
Climate changeClimate crisis
Clockwise winds Cyclonic
Cloud bubbling upConvection
Cloud buildingTurning cloudy
Cloud melting awayCloud dispersing
Cloud starts to build from the west ahead of the frontSurely convective shower cloud builds but frontal cloud thickens?
Continues it's descent southMoves south
Decent dayDry and fair
Disappointing temperaturesWell below average
Double digit temperatures>=10°C
Drift its way northMove slowly north
Drift its way northwardMoves slowly north
Drifts southwardsMoves south
Driving rainModerate/heavy rain
Eastern zoneEastern England and Scotland
East west split
Fair amount of sunshine around
Fairly brightSunny intervals
Fast moving ribbon of wind high up in the atmosphereJet stream
Feels likeWind chill
FlurriesOccasional snow showers
Flurries of sleet or snowA sleet flurry? You'll be lucky
For manyBut not for all
From the word go
Front dies a deathFrontolysis
Global warmingGlobal heating
Global warming skepticGlobal heating denier
Good spells of sunshineSunny spells
Grass frostGround frost
Great mass of cloud
Hefty showerModerate shower
Here are the numbersTemperatures
High pressure in chargeAnticylonic situation
Highs of 21Maximum temperature 21°C
Hills in ScotlandUnlike further south many of the hills are in fact mountains
HitUsed to describe any kind of named storm
Hit and miss showersScattered showers
In any decent spells of sunshinesAs opposed to any indecent spells
Increasingly cloudyClouding over
In old moneyDegrees Fahrenheit
It's all change
Keen windFresh or strong
Keep a close eye on thatSee what the next run of the model looks like?
Largely dryAs opposed to largely wet
LashUsed to describe any kind of named storm
Light frostSlight frost
Lose the heatTurns cooler
Lose the rainTurns dry
Lots of isobars/ tightly packed isobarsVery strong gradient
Lovely spells of sunshineSunny spells
Low cloud dragged in of the North SeaHaar down the east coast
Lower end of single figures10 to 13°C
Low pressure firmly in chargeA cyclonic situation
Low starting to fizzleFilling
Many placesBut not necessarily where you are
Meteorological AutumnThe one used by climate statisticians because they can only divide by 3
Mist and murkMisty
Most placesNot some places
Murray FirthMoray Firth
Not a cold nightMild
Not amounting to very muchMainly dry
Not much in the way of sunshineOvercast
Not particularly warmCold/cool
Not wall to wall sunshineSunny intervals
Nuisance showerScattered light showers
Other areasAnywhere apart from the southeast
Our weather front continues its journey sinking southwardsFront moves south
Outbreaks of rainOccasional rain
Patchy cloudVariable cloud
Patchy fogFog patches
Patchy rainOccasional rain
Pick up a brisk windWinds will strengthen
Pinch of frostTouch of frost
Pretty breezyModerate or fresh
PulsesOf rain
PummelUsed to describe any kind of named storm
Punchy showersHeavy showers
Pushes its way eastwardMoves east
Rain fizzlingRain dying out
Say goodbye to that weather frontGoodbye weather front
ScorchioHot
Sharp frostModerate frost
Sharp showerModerate perhaps heavy shower
Showers breaking out
Showers fadingShowers dying out
Showers start to fade
Single figure temperaturesLess than 10°C
Sinking southMoving south
SlamUsed to describe any kind of named storm
Sleety showersShowers of rain and snow
SmashUsed to describe any kind of named storm
Snow on the hillsWhy not "snow above 300 metres" which would at least be a little more informative
Some placesNot most places
Spits and spotsOccasional rain
Splashes of rainOccasional rain
Splashes of rain spilling southwardOccasional rain moving southward
SprinklesLight showers
StormyStrong to gale force winds
Stubborn cloudRemaining overcast
Sunshine becoming hazyTurning cloudy
Temperatures in low single figuresIs that 1 or 2°C or could it be -8 or -9°C?
Temperatures no great shakesCool
Temperatures pretty disappointing for the time of yearCool
Temperatures reaching the mid teens16°C
Temperatures remaining in double figures10°C or higher
Temperatures responding accordinglyWarming
Temperatures strugglingCool or cold
The bulk of the countryEverywhere except the north of Scotland
The feel of thingsTemperature
The lion's share of the sunshine
The wet weather will continues to work it's way northwardRain will move north
The white stuffSnow
Top temperaturesHighest temperatures
Turning increasingly blusteryWinds will strengthen
Turning to snow over the hillsUsually it's not turning to snow, it's already falling as snow, and has been all along
Usable rainLight rain
We'll lose the showersShowers petering out
We're looking at...What are we looking at?
Weather bombA deepening area of low pressure
We could see 25°CTemperatures could be as high as 25°C (hard to see temperatures)
We could see 40 mm of rain There could be as much as 40 mm of rain (hard to see rainfall totals)
Winds all over the placeVariable wind
Winds going anti-clockwiseAnticyclonic
Winds switch directionVeer or back
WindyFresh to strong winds
Wintery mixRain, sleet and snow