Question 1. What was your most memorable weather event?
I was caught in a blizzard on a glacier on top of the volcano of Katla in Iceland; I was filming a documentary series for CBBC on extreme weather, called Fierce Earth. Visibility was down to less than 10 metres and I felt on the edge of the world, not knowing where the drop was.
Question 2. What is your favourite and least favourite type of weather?
I love crisp and clear weather at the break of dawn, with a hint of cirrus bursting into the highest skies. Broadcasting on breakfast TV for over a decade you have to love the mornings. The eerie quietness before life gets busy coupled with the promise of glowing colours from the sun as it captures a sweeping veil of cloud; just magical. I’m not a fan of nimbostratus days, as a weather forecaster there is nothing to celebrate when these dull, grim beasts come to town.
Question 3. If you weren't a meteorologist what would you most like to be?
A sax player in a band – travelling around the world and playing live.
Question 4. From a purely meteorological point of view, where would you most like to live?
I would love to witness the Morning Glory cloud in the Gulf of Carpentaria, Queensland in Australia, and perhaps surf its atmospheric wave. Dangerous and a rare sighting, but it would be incredible to see such a phenomenon.
Question 5. Is there anything else you'd like to share?
My 5th Cloud Academy book for kids (4-6 year olds) comes out in March. The Space Clouds Mission introduces strange noctilucent clouds to young minds. It’s a fun adventure of how two brave little clouds help save a space rocket as re-enters the Earth’s atmosphere too fast. Other titles, Colin the Cloud (thunderstorms), Steve the Stratus (what clouds are made of), The Showbiz Clouds (seasons) and Two Clouds and a Cough (air pollution).
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