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 took the plunge and became a freelance presenter in 2012 – and it’s been the best decision I could ever have made! I have taken on various TV presenting roles, newspaper articles, charity fundraising, public appearances, BBC radio, corporate videos, travel writing…the list is endless! 2013 saw me climbing Kilimanjaro for charity, storm chasing across the US, writing for the Metro publication and also writing regularly for Index magazine. 2014 started with me being a weather expert for a two part documentary on our stormy weather for Channel 4 – the first programme of which was the most watched programme on Channel 4 that day! I also did a series of BBC radio reports from a working ship deep in the Arctic searching for the Northern Lights – which was a stunning experience.
I love the flexibility and freedom that being a freelancer now provides. You’ll 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.