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That’s very helpful

Perhaps I’m just easily amused at the moment, but I just discovered something laughable and of minimal use. There are people on this planet who put the latest weather forecast in the signature of their emails!

An email this morning had a summary of the Bureau of Meteorology’s 4:50am forecast for Melbourne, and an update on the dam levels in Melbourne. The person in question doesn’t work for the weather bureau or any water authority, and if they’re sane, I doubt that they send themselves emails constantly throughout the day.

I hope that the signature is automated, because I would hate to think that they’re manually copying this data in to each email…although I would then have to wonder why anybody would write a script to put such data in the signature of an email.

Does anybody want to explain this to me? Or do you find it peculiar as well?


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#1 Comment By Countryboy87 On February 1, 2008 @ 3:32 pm

Hi Samuel,
it sounds like it could be handy if you were sending it to someone in the same city but also could be of very little use as in your example ie: Melbourne to Canberra

#2 Comment By Samuel On February 1, 2008 @ 4:38 pm

I suppose it’s a reasonable way of advertising Melbourne to the world, as long as there isn’t a severe storm warning and the dams are nearly empty.

You’re right, it would be useful when emailing somebody in Melbourne, but I can’t think of any reason why somebody would decide to add a weather forecast to their email signature unless it is related to their work in some way.

#3 Comment By Pen 15 On February 4, 2008 @ 12:41 am

No more peculiar than putting it in the blog.

#4 Comment By Samuel On February 4, 2008 @ 1:46 am

There is a difference, this blog is based in Canberra and I therefore mention the weather in Canberra (although I’m cutting back on the storm alerts, the Bureau of Meteorology seem to think they have to issue one every time there’s the slightest chance of lightning)…emailing the local weather to everyone you contact is a tad different.

#5 Comment By Pen 15 On February 4, 2008 @ 7:28 pm

I don’t consider this a huge difference, as your readership is not just Canberreans. Youre letting the recipients of the weather news come to you, but the other guy is sending it out. Same result, though.

Either way, I’m a sucker for a good forecast.