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Rainy tonight, with a chance of gray balls

Well, that’s a new one. I’m not sure what gray balls in our weather forecast stand for. It’s cold tonight, so I’m guessing sleet or hail. Dirty sleet or hail.

Snow is a little white snowflake, rain is a little blue raindrop. We had a forecast the other day that had an icon for cloudy-sunny-rainy-snow, which is about as much weather as one icon can hold.


Comment from steve
Time: December 6, 2012, 8:34 pm

Not being a British Subject, I am not certain that I would have looked at that graphic and questioned the little gray balls all jammed up in the nether regions of that cloud.

No…. instead I am looking at all of those numbered symbols for a male, along the bottom, ….and striving to devine just how it is that they are able to predict whether he will be erect, turgid or utterly flacid, on any particular day.

Comment from AliceH
Time: December 6, 2012, 8:50 pm

I’m delighted to see temps displayed in Fahrenheit! Did they give up on forcing use of Celsius, or did you have to override and choose the proper unit of measure?

Comment from mojo
Time: December 6, 2012, 9:10 pm

Hail would be my guess. Pea-sized or softball-sized, it seems it’s all the same to the Met.

Comment from orabidoo
Time: December 6, 2012, 9:30 pm

The Britisher Met seems to stay true to its not-so-distant druidic past, cobbling together runes and clumsy engravings with reindeer antler in the sandstone to announce mass outdoor fertility rituals.

bring ye a horn of mead and a loose wench, there will be

B===D,, {()}

(*) (*)

Accursed backward dentally challenged primitives on a gannet guano covered outcroppings. Abandoned even by Daniards due to incompatibility.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: December 6, 2012, 9:39 pm

I had to poke it in the ribs to get Fahrenheit, AliceH. Default is C. Though MPH is default for windspeeds, and English (as opposed to Welsh).

Comment from orabidoo
Time: December 6, 2012, 11:25 pm

MWAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHA! ooh, my sides split!

Lord Monckton forcibly evicted for daring to mention factual evidence at the Shrine of Globull Warminism!


Grabbed by the lapels and tossed past the gate like a commoner tar at the Portsmouth tavern.

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: December 6, 2012, 11:26 pm

Tough luck Oceania/orabidoo.

The BBC uses Weatherscape XT, developed by the…. New Zealand firm, Metra.

Oops! 🙂

Comment from Paula Douglas
Time: December 7, 2012, 2:06 am

Ice pellets, maybe?

Comment from QuasiModo
Time: December 7, 2012, 3:05 am

…it’s radioactive ball bearings that coalesced like pearls in the upper atmosphere from all the nuclear testing in the 50’s…once they reach a certain weight they precipitate…duck and cover, bitchez 🙂

Comment from Oceania
Time: December 7, 2012, 3:44 am

I though that your Husband had ‘Gray Balls’?

Comment from orabidoo
Time: December 7, 2012, 4:45 am

I’ve looked at Metra website and here’s what their pictogram forecast is:


I suppose that’s a slimey eel. Did y’all know that these preverted Kiwis with fluoride enhanced bodily fluids call the eels “tuna”?

What else one expects from folks who shoot feral pigs and then hang their spotty pelts on the roadside barbed wire fences?

The Noble Maori Elders.
Been here 60,000 years.
Invented a hollowed out plant stalk sheath strap-on through which they shield their wee-wee from radiation.

All in all, I rather like Kiwis. Not as backward as the Britishers. And unlike Britisher upper caste, the Kiwis are not Teutonic.

Comment from The Jannie
Time: December 7, 2012, 9:30 am

“so I’m guessing”
When did you get the job at the met office?

Comment from Oceania
Time: December 7, 2012, 11:41 am

60,000 years? Te Moori only Only left Taiwan 2300 years ago …. the first inhabitants here were the Celts … sad but true. Then Taupo blew 2200 years ago and wiped most things out …

And what is wrong with pig skins left over barbed wire fences?
I prefer to leave mine near Muslim immigrants, or should I be feeding them to the pigs?

Eeels? Oh you don’t eat them – they are pets! They are cute – make good pets. Have some on the gold claim. They come out to play when dredging underwater. Live for 100’s of years.

Comment from Oceania
Time: December 7, 2012, 12:01 pm

Not Teutonic? More Anglo Saxon … with local ‘Koon’ inbreeding.
I personally think all defective Maori hybrid should be exterminated. Some of our nicer Slavic immigrants also agree. Slave feet is a terrible syndrome!
Given the inbreeding in Londonstan…. I’m appalled. Icky. A little Ethnic Cleansing will solve that problem.

Comment from Oceania
Time: December 7, 2012, 12:31 pm

orabidoo ?

Aren’t you that eternally conflicted upper crust English homosexual that used to post upon the Cornfield – before it became the ‘Child-Paedo-Field?

Rumour has it that you are the Fry of the Laurie ?
Crevice is Indeed a Dirty Word!

Comment from orabidoo
Time: December 7, 2012, 2:55 pm

Not britisher, ‘Murkan.
Not a homo. Comfortably retired.

As we see, so far your profiling accuracy is on par with your conversational skill, that is far from adequate. The latter might improve given that you frequent this boutique blog that is not lacking for worldly travelers.

But then again, a rural bored teenager or an insomniac retiree might pop you when you raid garbage bins at night, looking for sustenance in all the wrong places.

-sent from my iBamafone verizon 4LTGE

Comment from nightfly
Time: December 7, 2012, 3:40 pm

Great, now he’s a split-personality troll.

As for the grey balls… my guess is that they’re windspeeds and direction. Not very confident on that, however.

Comment from David Gillies
Time: December 7, 2012, 5:21 pm

Yes, they’re wind speed and heading. I find it hard to think in Fahrenheit these days. 41 °F is cold though. It’s a nice 26 °C here at the moment, although a bit cloudy. The thing that used to drive me nuts in Bradford was that even when it was 3 °C, it was 85% RH. Every vertical surface would be dripping with condensation. I spent six months of every year frozen to the marrow.

Comment from Oceania
Time: December 8, 2012, 12:01 am

Bammy is Back!
How was your sex change operation?

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