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Walking into a classroom to film the show made me feel physically sick - it was like I had school PTSD. My school days were a miserable blur spent in the desolate no man's land between being a cool kid and being a geek. I wasn't anywhere near slick enough to be one of the cool kids, but got too many Bs and Cs to be initiated into the secret society of the geek illuminati, which convened in the far corner of the library every lunchtime. Now I've made a career out of trying to be funny and clever - a professionally geeky cool kid.
I was smart enough to get better grades but it takes a lot to keep me interested in something and not many of the teachers could. There's one exception I remember: my Geography teacher, Mr Freem, was so passionate about his subject that you couldn't ignore him. He lived and breathed it - he was always turning up with climbing gear and hiking boots. Mr Freem didn't teach Geography, he was Geography. I don't envy a man whose job it is to make a teenage me...
Another unsettled week ahead with low pressure bringing strong winds and some rain at times. The temperatures will vary from day to day with some cold days but nothing out of the ordinary. There are early indications of more stormy weather for the weekend…
Storm Henry - Met Office Pressure Chart
After a stormy start to the week, Tuesday looks slightly less windy in the north but still pretty blustery with a few scattered but heavy showers. Further south, most places will be dry and bright, although it will be cold and windy on the coast.
The wind will start to ease during Tuesday afternoon but it will remain breezy. Temperatures will be a bit more seasonal, around 5°C to 8°C, with a wind from the west.
Tuesday evening into Wednesday morning showers will clear. It will be dry for a while before rain spreads into north and mid Wales after midnight. In the north, winds and gales will be stronger, with some snow likely on higher ground.
Barmouth - Alan Ewart
Last week it was like winter with some snow, frost and ice! Near Tirabad in Powys the temperature dropped as low as -7 °C and even in Cardiff -5°C was recorded. Since then it has turned much milder again with south to south-westerly winds bringing air to us from the Canaries. Hawarden in Flintshire recorded a spring-like 15.5°C yesterday, not quite a record for January but warmer than Rome!
Snowdonia taken by Rory Trappe
On the other side of the pond, north east America has been hit by a severe winter storm recently bringing heavy snow and blizzards!
Some people say that we often get the same weather here in about a fortnight’s time but that is not necessarily true. The low pressure that brought the heavy snow to Washington DC and New York is now over the Atlantic moving northeast on the Jet Stream towards the UK. By midday Tuesday low pressure will be centred to the north west of Scotland bringing not snow, but wet and windy conditions to the UK.
Met Office weather chart for Tuesday 26 January
Some parts of Wales have had snow recently but others have had just rain or sleet, and snow can be hard to predict!
Snow, sleet or rain? Whether it comes in autumn, winter or spring, snow is always difficult to pinpoint as BBC Weather's Louise Lear explains.
Blaenavon in the snow by Steve Liptrot Photography
Over the next few days, it’s going to stay on the cold side with high pressure bringing dry, more settled weather midweek. There should be...
Finally the weather looks and feels more like winter. Some of us have even had snow and problems with ice. The good news is that the weekend certainly looks dry and sunny. Our weather watcher Mike Cadoxton sent this lovely image of snow on the mountains in Neath.
Friday morning will start off bitterly cold with the risk of snow showers and ice. The met office has issued a yellow be aware...
Nant Ffrancon, Snowdonia taken by Einir Leigh
Finally we get a rest from the very wet weather as we go into a northerly airflow. Overall it looks to be a drier week, as low pressure gives way to a ridge of high pressure later on in the week. It will feel a lot colder this week as strong north westerly winds take charge. I can’t promise a totally dry story either as we will see some wintry showers with widespread frost. There is also more...
2015 was a very enjoyable year for me, not least because I spent a great deal of time filming in the Brecon Beacons for my new BBC Wales series, Iolo’s Brecon Beacons. It's an area I know well having walked virtually every square metre of its mountains, woodlands and rivers during my 15 years with the RSPB and 17 years working in the media but it's a place that always holds a few surprises.
Most visitors will head for the major tourist attractions such as Pen-y-Fan or the town of Brecon, but the National Park has so much more to offer.
Here are my 10 must-see locations in the Beacons.
Huw Brightwell shares the key to his success in learning Welsh, despite living across the border in England
The start of a new year always gets people thinking about what they want to achieve in the year ahead - and perhaps what they haven’t managed to achieve in years gone by.
Born and bred in Wales, I’ve often lamented that I should have learnt my mother tongue, but so often distractions and excuses have got in the way.
It was this thought - bolstered by the admissions of fellow sheepish...
December 2015 was the mildest and wettest December since records began in 1910. Not that this took us by surprise considering the amount of rain and all the flooding. We could certainly do with a few days of dry weather, but there is little sign of that!
Tudur Davies kindly sent this picture of a tree on the River Clwyd: "A number of mature trees have been weakened by the continuous wind and rain and as a result they have fallen into the Clwyd, which has been overflowing its banks for many weeks."
Photo by Tudur Davies
Dark. Mysterious. Thrilling. Three adjectives that not only describe the new series of BBC Wales’ crime drama Hinterland, but an accurate description of being on the streets of Cardiff city centre at three in the morning, a few days before Christmas. It’s cold, it’s dark and the rain is threatening as we set up a stunt to draw attention to the Welsh noir.
Setting up the Hinterland 'bus in bag' stunt in the early hours
So what exactly were...