I’m a freelance television presenter and meteorologist. Welcome to my blog! After presenting weather and current affairs for the BBC for 12 years I am now taking on various TV presenting roles, newspaper articles, charity fundraising, public appearances, local radio, corporate videos…the list is endless! Although the BBC was my dream job at the time, I love the flexibility and freedom that being a freelancer now provides. You’ll also still see me occasionally presenting weather for BBC South East and BBC London so please keep sending in your weather pics and comments!
If you want to stay in touch, please remember to follow me on twitter – @KaddyLP I’m also on Facebook where you’ll receive regular forecasts, facts and updates to keep you in the know about the weather, but make sure you click ‘like’ on my fan page as that’s the only one I will be updating from now on.
To tell you a bit about myself I’ll answer some of the questions I get asked most often:
Am I actually a forecaster? – Yes, and also a fully trained meteorologist as well – which means I studied Meteorology at Reading University for 3 years before joining the Met Office to train for a further 2 years to learn how to use the science to predict the weather. It’s an exciting and rapidly changing field to work in and I have never once regretted going into it.
Did you always want to be a weather girl? – No! I was always rather shy when it came to performing or presenting at school so joining the BBC was as much a surprise to me as it was to those close to me! (although my family maintain I always was a bit of a show off when the camera came out on holiday…) I started off forecasting for the Ministry of Defence, forecasting for war zones for Harrier planes. But whilst at RAF Cottesmore (RIP my beloved station! MOD cutbacks…) the BBC called me up out of the blue and asked me to come for a screen test. Within 6 months I was based in Tunbridge Wells getting ready for my first live TV broadcast on 3rd September 2001 with South East Today.
Do you choose your own clothes and make up? Yes – When I was a BBC employee we didn’t have a clothes budget or allowance and as long as we were smart we are given quite a lot of freedom. (Although I think many of my previous bosses would’ve taken great pleasure in getting the scissors and straighteners clamped on my hair. Never, I tell you!) And make up is all done ourselves, usually in a rush before a mad dash to get into the studio on time. Working in a live news environment is fast-paced and exciting – there’s never enough time!
What are your plans for the future? Science and weather are what I love most and I get great pleasure in sharing my enthusiasm for my subjects. Finding new ways to explain the weather and enabling people to understand the power of the sky gives me a fantastic buzz. I would love to share this passion on a national platform so my ambition is to one day be presenting a live science/weather show on national television, encouraging everyone to love science as much as I do.
I will also be undertaking some huge challenges in 2013, from storm chasing across the US to climbing Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money for charity – so stay tuned to my blog to find out how I get on!
Righty, I’m off to get a cuppa (very weak and milky in case you’re interested!)