A weather report should engage the reader, present the current data, give bad news followed by good news and present the forecast. While a weather report cannot change the data, it can make the weather more interesting by adding anecdotes and other details.
While all weather is not the same, most weather report formats are. Following a simple outline engages the reader while still imparting important weather information.
- Start with a good introduction Rather than focusing on weather conditions from the previous day, engage readers with something that pulls them into the story. An example would be how hot the temperature is on the roof of an office building.
- Present the current data Use the intro paragraph to give the current weather data. Include information, such as the current temperature, humidity and rainfall or snowfall.
- Give the bad news followed by the good news Inclement weather often causes problems, such as road closures, school closures and the chance for heat exhaustion. Follow that up with ways in which the problems are being dealt with, such as snow plows or advice on dealing with health issues from the weather. Follow up any negative reports with good news related to the weather. Some examples are the increase in revenue at ice cream shops and movie theaters during hot weather.
- Give the forecast The last bit of the weather report should be the forecast for the next few days. This includes high and low temperatures, the chance of precipitation and any possibility of severe weather.