Why do pilots make announcements about the weather forecast at the flight destination? It usually comes right after an update on the expected arrival time (which is useful), and it seems like it happens on all or most flights that I've been on, so I assume the pilots aren't just independently deciding to do this. Is it part of their training? If so, why?
Unless the weather is bad enough to delay landing or require re-routing, it seems pretty pointless--the flight is already booked, boarded, and in the air, so it's not like the passengers can decide not to go to Orlando after all or even grab an umbrella. There's pretty much nothing the passengers can do with weather information until they're actually in the destination airport, yet it's put into announcements that override all in-flight media. Usually by the time they're talking about weather, I just want them to wrap it up so I can get back to reading, listening to music, trying to sleep, or watching the in-flight movie (which is, of course, auto-paused during the announcement...or worse, is continuing merrily along while the passengers miss the dialog, as happened on my most recent flight