The Weather

One of the first things I do after I wake up in the morning is check the weather app on my iPhone. Not only does it tell me what the current temperature is, it tells me what the high for the day is going to be, whether it’s going to be a sunny or cloudy day, if there will be any rain or high winds, what the humidity is, what the air quality is, what time the sun will be setting. And also displays the ten day forecast.

Right before my wife and I left the house this morning, I said to my Google Nest Home Hub, “Hey Google, what’s the weather today?” and “she” gave me the rundown.

I got in my electric car and the infotainment screen lit up and showed me the current temperature, humidity, and a cartoon-like drawing of the yellow sun being partially obscured by clouds.

When we got to our destination I asked my car’s infotainment system if there was any rain in the forecast in the next two hours and was assured that there wasn’t.

I looked at my wife and said, “Do you remember when, in order to know what the forecast was, we had to call the weather number on our landline phones and would get a recorded message that was updated every hour? It would tell us the current temperature and weather conditions for the next hour.”

She smiled, rolled her eyes, and said, “Yes, I remember. I even remember the number. It was 555-1212.” We both got a good laugh at that.

28 thoughts on “The Weather

  1. Bridgette February 22, 2022 / 7:19 pm

    I remember when you had to call to get the movie times as well! And the time! Popcorn 😂

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  2. Marilyn Armstrong February 22, 2022 / 7:20 pm

    I remember that number too. It was free when hardly anything by phone was free, although remember when information was free?

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    • Fandango February 22, 2022 / 10:53 pm

      Yeah. Does 4-1-1 (the number for Information) still even exist?


  3. Sadje February 22, 2022 / 7:24 pm

    Before the smartphones, we would go outside and take a look at the sky to judge the chances of rain! 😂

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      • Sadje February 22, 2022 / 11:34 pm

        Haha! Shows we have lived before the technological advances changed our lives.

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  4. Gr8BigFun February 22, 2022 / 8:16 pm

    Phone in, weather network, or from your smart phone the one thing that has not changed is the accuracy of the forecasts!

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  5. Bulbul February 22, 2022 / 10:08 pm

    I used to love the landline phones in which you had to dial a number by rotating the little disc with number on it (not like the keypad).

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    • Fandango February 22, 2022 / 10:56 pm

      I remember those, and the sound they made as your dialed the number.

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      • Bulbul February 23, 2022 / 9:42 pm

        Yes! It was satisfying to watch it rotate like that with that sound. Me as a kid used to dial random numbers just for fun due to which many a times I ended up talking to strangers.

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  6. Nope, Not Pam February 23, 2022 / 1:35 am

    I remember calling time. I used to do it every chance I got, drove my Mum mad. At the beep it will be…..

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    • donmatthewspoetry February 23, 2022 / 4:53 am

      Gawd. I remember that ‘at the third stroke it will be’ Quick Mabel adjust the clock……

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      • Nope, Not Pam February 24, 2022 / 1:41 am

        Yep, used to be a bit of a panic

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          • Nope, Not Pam February 24, 2022 / 2:20 am

            I thought so

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            • donmatthewspoetry February 24, 2022 / 2:44 am

              Memory tells me yes. An in a posh British accent. Now we have satellites keeping our devices correct to the second. Times have changed……

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            • Nope, Not Pam February 24, 2022 / 2:52 am

              I miss time 🙁

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            • Nope, Not Pam February 24, 2022 / 11:11 am

              I miss the time recording 🙂

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  7. Mister Bump UK February 23, 2022 / 1:52 am

    Man, you were so hi-tec. We used to have to wind down the window.

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    • donmatthewspoetry February 23, 2022 / 4:56 am

      Once again still more reliable. Hey Mabel my phone predicts sunny all day. It’s pissing down. She says I’ve got the wrong day?…..

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  8. donmatthewspoetry February 23, 2022 / 5:00 am

    Don’t laugh. I remember the number of our black phone when I was a boy. J1245 And the exact place it used to sit. Seriously shows long term memory. ……

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