One WeatherWatch.co.nz facebook fan sent us a colourful link to this story from the BBC and it’s all to do with the Brits and what it really means when it rains and some of the terms and decriptions they use.Thanks Sally!
1. Not Raining
Outdoor furniture is erected cautiously in gardens and on balconies. Light to moderate rummaging takes places in rucksacks for cagoules and pac-a-macs.
Women on way to hairdressing appointments proceed apprehensively without umbrellas.
Overseas players on county cricket teams are surprised to discover that they’re required to continue playing.
4. Woodfiddly Rain
Outdoor furniture is brought back indoors. Lips are pursed.
Aggressive hawkers selling fold-up umbrellas appear outside railway stations and shopping centres. Women on way back from hairdressers form impatient queue.
6. Tippling Down
Garden furniture is returned to garden centres in hope of getting money back.
7. Luttering Down
Fingers drummed on indoor furniture. Eyes rolled. Tuts tutted
8. Plothering Down
Irritating displays of supposedly barbecue-friendly foods are removed from the entrance areas of supermarkets.
9. Pishpotikle Weather
Rain intensifies.Women with newly done hair find aggressive hawkers have disappeared when they take defective umbrellas back in search of a refund.
10. Raining Like a Cow Relieving Itself
Cows relieve themselves.
11. Raining Stair-rods
Any garden furniture not taken indoors floats away. Reporters on 24-hour news channels began using words torrential and holding their hands out with their palms upturned.
12. Siling Down
Hardy British holidaymakers are finally driven from beach at Herne Bay. Garden furniture begins appearing on eBay. Water companies introduce hosepipe bans, pointing to dry spell five years ago.
That’s the British take on it but what terms are unique to New Zealand?