10 January 2014
Last updated at 14:12
The first televised weather forecast was on 11 January 1954. George Cowling, the progressive meteorologist who delivered it, recognised that people watching at home wanted to hear about the weather in plain language. He was famous for using turn of phrases that we would think nothing of today but at the time made headline news, such as: 'Tomorrow will be a good day for hanging out the washing.'
The first BBC weather bulletin to the public was broadcast on 14 November 1922. Before the weather was televised, it was read out by an announcer from a script prepared by the Met Office, and lacked personality. By 1963, weather presenters such as Jack Armstrong (above) had developed their own delivery style.
With the arrival of colour television in 1967, a new range of symbols were introduced: triangles for showers, round dots for rain and chunky rays for sun, as shown here by Jack Scott in 1974. These symbols were stuck on with magnetic rubber and would occasionally drop off mid-forecast.
Barbara Edwards was the first female forecaster at the BBC, hired in 1974. Her arrival was not met with great enthusiasm and she received letters criticising what she wore. She didn't enjoy being in the public eye and left the BBC in 1978.
Michael Fish will be forever remembered for his infamous prediction that Britain would not be struck by a hurricane in October 1987. Shortly after he told people not to worry about severe weather, the country was hit by a great storm. Here, he stands in front of new computerised weather graphics introduced in 1985.
In 2005 the BBC introduced 3D computer graphics that were meant to show the curvature of the Earth. People were not impressed with the brown colour of the land, with some also complaining of motion sickness when the map moved. A modern forecaster such as Helen Willetts may need to deliver several weather bulletins an hour, mostly live and unscripted. Her predecessors would have spent their working day on just one or two.
Even though weather maps have become more sophisticated since they were first prepared by the Met Office and the BBC (this one dates from 1949), some things haven't changed: there is still an awful lot of rain.
Carol Kirkwood and her Met Office colleagues now present the weather from a mezzanine overlooking the newsroom in London's Broadcasting House. Today, BBC Weather produces more than 300 weather broadcasts a day.