I have always been fascinated by the weather
and used to drive my parents bonkers watching
all the weather reports. All through school,
it became my ambition to work with the weather.
Neighbours and friends would ask me the weather
forecast before going on holidays or before
hanging the washing on the line!
I took A levels in Maths, Physics and Geology.
Maths and Physics are really important in this
job. People always think Geography is the most
important, but actually you need to understand
I left school, the Met Office took me on as
an observer, working mainly at Cardiff Weather
Centre, with spells at Cardiff Airport, Birmingham
Airport, and the Falkland Islands. I
was observing weather for RAF aircraft - Tornadoes,
Hercules, Sea Kings, Chinooks.
employed by the Met Office which works closely
with the military, supplying weather information.
As a forecaster, I could be sent to any military
base in the UK or abroad, and, if working for
the RAF, I would be the equivalent of a Flight
in ‘The Smoke':
In London I had my first taste of TV, broadcasting
on GMTV in 1996, looking at the weather of the
UK in full. I was very nervous to be on national
television, so it was a good job they were broadcast
early on a Sunday morning!
joined the BBC Wales Today team, replacing Helen
Willetts as the main weather presenter, and
have been here ever since! As well as preparing
and presenting the lunchtime and nightly TV
forecasts for BBC Wales Today, I also present
weather bulletins for BBC Radio Wales.
I come in mid-morning and spend the day preparing
the charts, the satellite and radar pictures
and speaking to the Chief Forecaster. It’s not
just a case of turning up and presenting.
trick to calm my nerves is to be well-prepared, but
I always feel that you have to have adrenalin
to feel the buzz.
I appeared on BBC’s ‘Auntie’s Bloomers’, reading
the weather from an open top bus during the
rugby World Cup, chatting about rain and strong
winds, when the huge umbrella I was sheltering
under was hurled like a javelin across the road.
No one was hurt, but it was a moment I will
I check the weather in the morning to see if
my forecast has been right. If I’m wrong, I’m
like a bear with a sore head, but if everything
has gone according to plan, I feel on cloud
from the top:
Knuckle down and work hard in school. Good qualifications
make life much easier. These days, a good degree
in a science-based subject is a must, although
the Met Office does encourage further study
for those who have lesser qualifications. If
you see yourself going in front of the camera,
a drama course would be beneficial - you need
to be a performer, as well as a scientist. Television
is team work and for this job you have to be
good with people.
other tales out of school:
I was always well-behaved - and if you believe
that you’ll believe anything including my forecasts!!