In the United Kingdom, ITV 1's weather forecasts were sponsored by energy company E.ON, formerly Powergen. They were known for their memorable sponsorship sequences, including a series of idents/stings featuring the WeatherGens, twelve "mascots" of Powergen, which, as you'd expect, represented different types of weather."The WeatherGens were commissioned in 1996 from London design company Tutssels by Powergen, sponsors of the ITV 1 weather forecasts, and produced by Lambie-Nairn. Their flamboyant costumes and make-up were put together by the New Renaissance design company, which comprised Harvey Bertram-Brown and Carolyn Corben, designers of clothes, costumes, sets and pop videos."Since the dawn on YouTube, recordings of these stings have cropped up online — the comments more-or-less establish how memorable they were. Possibly as a result of their popularity, author Nicola J Bolton created a series of books based on these characters, giving them fully-fleshed personalities and creating scenarios which establish the importance of seasons, as well as remind us that the weather should always be respected.Here are the stingers:
Establishing Character Moment: The WeatherGens contains a prologue which sums up the titular characters, their origins, what they symbolise and even some of their personalities, quite nicely. It also delves into some of the relationships.
Jerkass Has a Point: In How Gilda Got Her Shine Back, Aurora is made temporary WeatherGen leader. This, unfortunately, goes to her head, and her excessive heat-waves dry out the moorland considerably. Norwin, Frice and Brellina and Cyan end up using a lot of their powers to cool things down, so their frustration towards Aurora is not entirely unwarranted.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Norwin represents strong winds, and has a fierce temper to go with it. However, as Gilda points out, Jenny manages to bring out his softer side.
Frice, though much more subdued than Norwin, is bitter and mostly anti-social. He's also in love with Crystella and still cares for the WeatherGens, as well as their human companions.
Brellina can be a touch conceited and abusive of her powers at times. She's not a bad Gen at heart though.
The Leader: Gilda to the WeatherGens. Florta and Aurora have assumed this role in her absence, though Florta's temporary leadership took place outside of the books.
Older Than They Look: The Gens are millions of years old. Even Frice, the eldest of the group, looks like a man in his mid-thirties, to say the least.
What the Hell, Hero?: In How Gilda Got Her Shine Back, most of the Gens, without evidence, blame Aurora for a fire on Earth that nearly kills Professor Eon, Jenny and Moriarty. Frice calls them out on it:
Florta:“Trees are very special to me. I can feel their pain you know.”
Frice:"Trees feeling pain - what about how poor Aurora is feeling? You’ve no proof she caused that fire, and there you are blaming her! And everyone calls me cold-hearted!"