And now, the weather
|Synonyms:||and now the weather|
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and now, the weather is a meme based on the podcast Welcome to Night Vale. In each episode, radio show host Cecil Palmer announces weather segment by saying something like "And now the weather" or "I take you to the weather." The "weather," consists of a different song or instrumental piece each time. Often, the weather segment interrupts an impending crisis in the town, which is then typically resolved "off-stage" during the song. Among Night Vale fans, the phrase has come to symbolise a sudden or humorous non-sequitur, often following on from something dramatic or suspenseful.
The phrase became used primarily on Tumblr, where users append this tag from the show to non-Night Vale-related blogs, when posting or reblogging writings that are creepy or esoteric in nature, similar to the style of Cecil's narration preceding the musical segment. For example:
If you identify as a feminist I’m going to need you to stay at least 50 feet away from me, thanks.
A hoard of feminists all stand exactly 50 feet around you. Many other feminists slowly gather around, creating a large circle. You have said the wrong thing. You will never touch nor hear what these feminists have to say but they will always remain exactly 50 feet away from you in a large circle. Always. This is your fate.
And now, the weather.
Within the WTNV fandom, the phrase (as well as just "The Weather") was also used to discuss and appreciate the music shared during the weather segments of the podcast.
It has also been picked up by people critical of the NSA spying program, drone warfare, and other covert and not-so-covert government operations. There is actually a blog by that name which covers these topics.
- An example from 2015, Archived version, by jean-luc-gohard and necdans
- An example from 2014 or earlier, Archived version by teamfreewillxgraham and others, Imgur snapshot
- ^ Weather on Night Vale Wiki
- ^ Tumblr post by collowrath, kzuryuus, and sonneillonv, Archived version. Posted 2013. Archived 4 October 2022.
- ^ wtnv-weather, Archived version, a tumblr blog for all "weather" in nightvale. Active 2013-2015
- ^ And Now, The Weather, Archived version, a blog about politics and privacy in the US which used the Nightvale meme for its title. Active 2013. Archived 23 October 2013.