Remembering Jack Scott, BBC Weatherman

Jack Scott (Meteorologist)

Jack Scott (Meteorologist) Today marks the 12th anniversary of the death of John (Jack) Scott. Jack was born in Ferryhill in County Durham on 9th November 1923. I lived in Ferryhill when I first became interested in weather and one of Jack’s relatives Janice lived up our street and was big mates with my sister at school. Jack had a 20 year broadcasting career on TV, working for the BBC, ITV and Channel 4 as a Meteorologist. He first appeared on our screens in 1969 as the BBC’s 20th Weather Forecaster. He stayed with BBC until he retired in 1983. …

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Professor Gordon Manley – Durham Weather Royalty

Professor Gordon Manley (1902 – 1980) became the first Head of the Department of Geography at Durham University in 1928. During his nine year term of office, Professor Manley became the Curator of the Durham University Observatory where he did much work in establishing the Durham temperature series as comparable to that of Oxford. Professor Manley’s work at Durham laid the foundation for his Central England Temperature Record, a series dating from 1694 and maintained to this day. In 1952 Collins published his Climate and the British Scene in their New Naturalist series. This book, easily accessible to the non-academic …

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Amateur Weather Forecaster Bill Foggitt dies

Amateur weather forecaster Foggitt dies World-renowned amateur weather forecaster Bill Foggitt has died in hospital at the age of 91. Mr Foggitt’s unconventional methods – using signs in nature rather than science for his predictions – made him the scourge of professionals but alegend among the masses. One of the high points of his career came when the Association of Science Education used Mr Foggitt’s “sensing” methods in a textbook for the national curriculum. He had long argued that plants, animals and insects were provided a much better guide to short-term local climate changes than technology. In 1985, Mr Foggitt achieved …

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