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24 September 2014
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A day in the life of Richard Angwin
Richard at the weather map
Richard presents his forecast weekdays on Points West
My day officially starts at 11 AM as I try and find a car parking space somewhere within a two mile radius of the BBC...
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But really it starts as soon as I draw back the curtains in the morning and take the dog for a walk.

That’s when I can gauge for myself how warm it feels, how hard the frost is or how much rain there was overnight.

When I get into the office I have to power up a series of PCs and a Mac. I can then begin checking the raw data - weather observations, satellite and rainfall radar data etc on which the forecasts will be based.

Richard prepares his charts
Richard prepares the weather charts from his desk which he shares with the online team in Bristol

I also have lots of other forecast data plus advice from the Met Office headquarters. I try to get ‘up to speed’ with the weather ‘story’ as quickly as possible because the telephone starts ringing as soon as I am at my desk.
I start my broadcasting schedule at 11:30 AM with BBC Somerset Sound. I then usually take a few minutes to think about how I will describe today’s weather and the type of charts that will help me.

I also try to find interesting or unusual facts that will appeal to our viewers. I prepare all the charts, including all the different place names, myself.

There can be as few as ten and as many as 40 charts in a typical forecast. I present three forecasts for Points West; at 1:35 PM, 3:25 PM and 6:55 PM.

Richard presents his forecast in the studio
Where the camera sees blue, the weather map is electronically inserted. Richard sees the combined picture on the monitor to the right of screen.

I try to make each one different and obviously update then according to how the weather is expected to change.

In between the forecasts I have to broadcast on five BBC radio stations as well as provide forecasts for three BBC websites.

I also have a lot of mail to go through each day. People write to me on various topics - requesting talks, asking what the weather was like on the day their grandparents got married; wondering what planets they can see in the night sky.

The list is almost endless. I always make sure I have plenty to talk about weatherwise, there is nothing worse than being in front of a camera and having nothing to say.
Fortunately this is not a problem for me. I could talk about the weather all day. In fact, it is my intention to take over the whole of Points West with coverage of the weather.

Strangely, the producers of the programme do not seem too keen. I can’t think why.

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