To call for

Posted by TheFallen on March 23, 2002

This phrase, in common use in the US under the guise of meaning "to forecast" and usually of weather, is unheard of in this context in the UK. It always amuses me when I hear it used because of the connotation of deliberate intent, conjuring up pictures of some TV station's weathermen hard at work in some cave, trying though arcane black arts to magic up a storm. I am always disappointed however, when the camera cuts to the resident weatherman (or girl), showing them to be a perfectly varnished inanely grinning vapid dummy.

When did this usage occur?