Weather Report Narration
Weather Report Narration is when some of the first words in a story are a comment on the weather. Seen a lot in Literature
, but also shows up in Film Noir
detective stories when the narration begins "The rain was making a jazz drumbeat against my office window when the dame with the case walked in...", or something similar.
"It Was a Dark and Stormy Night
" is the best known example and, by now, a subtrope by itself. A Storm Is Coming
is when this is employed as Ominous Foreshadowing
Anime and Manga
- Literally the first words heard in Kiki's Delivery Service, from Kiki's (father's) transistor radio, are a weather forecast.
- Early in The Long Halloween, Selina Kyle remarks, "It's hot. Years from now, when it gets hot at night, people will say 'Its hot, but not as hot as the night Johnny Viti got married.'"
- The first line in Sin City: "The night is hot as hell".
- Ancient Languages opens with, "It was a Tuesday morning, the sky was black, and the earth seemed to tremble with the mighty rumbling of the thunder. The rain was coming down in sheets, and the wind whipped the trees around like they were twigs."
- Inverted in Amélie, the (more technical than usual) weather report is the final line of the film's Talky Bookends:
September 28, 1997. It is exactly 11 a.m. At the funfair, near the ghost train, the marshmallow twister is twisting. Meanwhile, on a bench in Villette Square, Felix Lerbier learns there are more links in his brain than atoms in the universe. Meanwhile, at the Sacre Coeur, the nuns are practising their backhand. The temperature is 24 degrees, humidity 70%, atmospheric pressure 990 millibars.
- Played with in Throw Momma from the Train. Larry Donner suffered writer's block to the point that the only thing he had written for his new novel was, "The night was..." He kept trying variations:
"The night was dry. Yet it was raining."
"The night was hot and wet..."
"The night was moist..."
- The fact that Owen Lift's badly written story, "Murder at My Friend Harry's" began, "The night was humid...," nearly caused Larry to have a migraine. And Momma Lift's perfect suggestion, "The night was sultry" gives Larry impetus to throw her off a speeding train.
- In 1984: "It was a bright, cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen".
- The Jungle Book:
- "Mowgli's Brothers", and thus the book itself, begins, "It was seven o'clock of a very warm evening in the Seeonee hills when Father Wolf woke up from his day's rest..." (One does wonder why Kipling mentions the specific time, since wolves presumably don't have clocks.)
- "Her Majesty's Servants", begins: "It had been raining heavily for one whole month—raining on a camp of thirty thousand men, thousands of camels, elephants, horses, bullocks, and mules all gathered together at a place called Rawalpindi."
- "The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel" from William Gibson's Neuromancer.
- Parodied by Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere: "The sky was the perfect untroubled blue of a television screen turned to a dead channel." Because by the time Gaiman was writing, TVs didn't show static if there wasn't a signal.
- Uglies begins with "The early summer sky was the color of cat vomit." And then describes the diet said cat would need to get all the colors right.
- "Red Wind" by Raymond Chandler:
There was a desert wind blowing that night. It was one of those hot dry Santa Anas that come down through the mountain passes and curl your hair and make your nerves jump and your skin itch. On nights like that every booze party ends in a fight. Meek little wives feel the edge of the carving knife and study their husbands' necks. Anything can happen. You can even get a full glass of beer at a cocktail lounge.
- In To Kill a Mockingbird, a few paragraphs in you have, "Somehow, it was hotter then: a black dog suffered on a summer's day; bony mules hitched to Hoover carts flicked flies in the sweltering shade of the live oaks on the square."
- J. K. Rowling seems to be pretty fond of this, instead of just telling you that x months have passed, you get a lovely description of Scottish weather patterns.
- Wyrd Sisters parodies this. The narration begins with and keeps mentioning a storm, but in fact the storm is treated as a sentient background character (this is Discworld, after all).
- "It's Raining Annie" opens Annie on My Mind. The author says this was the first line written as well.
- The second sentence of The Castle of Wolfenbach:
The evening was cold and tempestuous, the rain poured in torrents, and the distant thunders rolled with tremendous noise round the adjacent mountains, whilst the pale lightning added horrors to the scene.
- The Name of the Rose starts with "It was a beautiful morning at the end of November" (if you discount the prologue).
- An Encounter And An Offer has the first few paragraphs telling you all about the day's dreary weather.
- Our Miss Brooks: "Radio Bombay" begins with a conversation about the weather.
- Dragnet almost always mentioned the current weather in Los Angeles at the very beginning of the episode.
- Paris's The Hate That Hate Made features the lyrics, "June 6 in the time of 6 o'clock/hot summer night in the city of hard knocks/two black brothers took a walk on the south side/could have been any brother lookin' for a dope ride".
- Emerson, Lake & Palmer's "Karn Evil 9: First Impression Part One": "Cold and misty morning I heard a warning borne on the air..."
- Parodied in Tom Waits' Emotional Weather Report, which (true to its title) intertwines weather descriptions with descriptions of the narrator's emotional state.
- The whole song of "Summer in the City" is a weather forecast: Hot, Humid, and miserable during the day, cooler and less oppressive at night.
- One of the rules of proper Haiku construction is that the second line contain a reference to the season.
- Almost all of Garrison Keillor's "Tales from Lake Woebegon" and "Guy Noir, Private Eye" on A Prairie Home Companion.
- The Goon Show, "Dishonoured" (remade as "Dishonoured Again") begins with Peter Sellers narrating: "It can be cold in London - damn cold. On such a night as this 80 years ago a ragged idiot staggered into a fog-laden Limehouse area."
- Every episode of Cape Cod Radio Mystery Theater begins with the words, "It's a foggy night on old Cape Cod."
- Including a line about the weather is traditionally part of the opening paragraph when writing (paper) letters to someone in Japan. Here, it's less whether outside it's sunny or rainy or whatever and more about the season - references to the state of the cherry blossoms or whether the cicadas are out are more in line. For an example, check the pre-credits monologue of Nodoka's letter to her Student Council President predecesor Sokabe-sempai in K-On! (season 2, episode 7).