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George Cowling (above) presented the first in-vision forecast on 11 January 1954.
The first BBC weather forecast was a shipping forecast broadcast on the radio on behalf of the Met Office on 14 November 1922, and the first daily weather forecast was broadcast on 26 March 1923.
In 1936, the BBC experimented with the world’s first televised weather maps. which was brought into practice in 1949 after World War II. The map filled the entire screen, with an off-screen narrator commenting on the next day’s weather.
Advancement of technology
On 11 January 1954, the first in-vision weather forecast was broadcast, presented by George Cowling. In an in-vision the narrator stands in front of the map. At that point, the maps were drawn by хэнд in the London Weather Centre, before being couriered across London. The forecasts were presented by the same person who had composed them, and had relatively low accuracy. [ 2 ]
In 1962, the installation of a fax machine and an electronic computer in the Met Office led to more accurate and quicker forecasting.
Satellite photography was available from 1964, but was of a poor quality and was given on paper, with the coastline etched in felt-tip pen. This didn’t change until 1973 with the installation of a new computer, increasing processing power of the Weather Centre greatly, leading to forecasts twice as accurate as earlier ones.
Bill Giles presents a weather forecast in 1996.
As computational capability improved, so did graphics technology. Early hand-drawn maps gave way to magnetic symbols, which in turn gave way to bluescreen (CSO) computer-generated imagery technology, each of which allowed the presenter greater control over the information displayed.
Early magnetic symbols tended to adhere poorly to the maps, and occasional spelling errors (such as the presenter writing ‘GOF’ instead of ‘FOG’) marred some broadcasts, but allowed the presenter to show how weather would change over time. The symbols were designed to be ‘self-explicit’, allowing the viewer to understand the map without a key or legend.
These were phased out in 1985 for computer graphics, although the basic design of symbols was kept the same. These forecasts were widely-acclaimed for their simplicity, winПing an award from the Royal Television Society in 1993. [ 3 ]
On 2 October 2000 BBC Weather underwent a more significant change. Whilst there was not much change to the existing weather symbols new symbols giving information Pollen and Sun levels were introduced. A new more detailed map of Britain was used based on satellite data.
Great Storm of 1987 Controversy
Possibly the most famous of the forecasters is the now retired Michael Fish. Famous for his informal manner and eccentric dress sense (he once wore a blue and green блейзер emblazoned with all the weather symbols), he was a viewer favourite despite an unfortunate comment before The Great Storm of 1987 .
During a weather forecast some hours before the storm, Michael Fish started his forecast with the now infamous line «Earlier on today, apparently, a woman rang the BBC and said she heard there was a hurricane on the way. Well, if you’re watching, don’t worry, there isn’t «. Although he was actually referring to a Florida hurricane (Floyd ), and went on to forecast stormy conditions over the South of England, the statement has gone down in popular culture as one of the worst mistakes мейд so publicly. [ 4 ]