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Scattered Fog Patches

27 October, 2011

Morning all – you’re in for a mild day with isolated showers in the western district and on the ranges. There’s a frost warning for all strawberry farmers, and south-easterly breezes on the bays. We’re looking at a top of 25 degrees…

Reason I’m fudging a forecast is due to the Australian Met Bureau throwing down tools this week. A pay dispute, by all accounts, and I predicted the subbies would make merry with the puns, but not so far. To date, the headlines have been pretty lame:

Stoppage by Meteorologists Won’t Halt Weather Forecasts [The Australian, hohum]

Weather Bureau Forecasts Strikes [SMH – warming up]

Forecasters' Strike to Leave Weather Up in the Air [the best on record, from ABC Online]

Surely we can do better?!

And while on matters misty, and mystical affairs, two word treasures for your pleasure. The first is from blog regular Nib who found this elegant piece of Anagram Art, with punctuation included. (Shades of Stanley’s Dr Strangelove in this week’s awesome Storm.)

And second is the sweetest strawb of all – a brand-new, whistle-and-belled themer from one of UK’s best compilers, the man they call Loroso. Or Anax. Or Dean Mayer. A feast for the mind, I forecast. Feel free to bung your appraisal in the Comment section, with hints + hee-hees, but no spoilers please.

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