Writing the weather story for a forecast

These guides and activities will help you understand the structure of a weather forecast and help you to write a great forecast.

Every day, BBC weather presenter Carol Kirkwood gives millions of people vital news as the main weather presenter on BBC Breakfast.

It is essential the information provided is timely, accurate and useful to as many people as possible.

Watch the video and then discuss:

  • What steps do Carol and the BBC Weather team take to ensure this happens? (Hints: a morning meeting; considering the practical impact on people's daily lives.)
  • Ask students which part of the weather forecast is important to them. It is probably different for everyone - why is this?
  • Are there any parts of Carol's daily routine that would help students to create their own forecasts?

ACTIVITIES

These activities will help you understand the structure of a weather forecast and what information you need to get across.

Watch the Forecast Video featured on the right-hand side of the BBC Weather homepage.

Discuss:

  • What was the 'top line' to the bulletin?
  • What was their main message about today's weather?
  • Was there other information they put across?
  • How did they finish the forecast?

Create your own weather story

School Reporters from Wales present the weather live on News Day

Get the students to put together a weather forecast. There is no need to write a full script but they do need to think about the structure.

What information do they want to put across and in what order will they present it?

  • What is the main message you want to get across?
  • What will you start with?
  • How will you finish your bulletin?
  • Are you telling the story of the weather day?

Forecasters do not use a script but present the weather talking naturally, putting over the points they have prepared.