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Last Updated: Wednesday October 05 2005 14:09 GMT

Clear outlook for weather reports

Windy weather
If you've ever felt confused about the weather forecast then you'll be pleased to hear that a bid to make the reports clearer is underway.

The Met Office - the place where the top forecasters work - has started a campaign to make TV reports easier to understand and less scientific.

It has suggested stuff like replacing the phrase "showery outbreaks of rain" with the term "patchy showers".

And there's a move towards opening reports with good - not gloomy - news.

The new guidelines also call for forecasters not to focus on bad weather if it's due in the middle of the night when most of us are tucked up in bed!

A Met Office spokesman said the campaign was "about making forecasts clearer and more relevant to the majority of the population".

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