Tuesday, December 29, 2009

George Cowling - The BBC's First On Air Weatherman

Studio facilities and technology available to the forecasters were extremely primitive and provided little in comparison to the vast quantities of instantly-accessible data churned out by today's hi-tech instruments, many of them in orbit above the Earth.
In Cowling's pre-space age, forecasters occupied a cramped corner of an announcer's studio at BBC Lime Grove, producing "graphics" comprised of two hand-drawn weather charts fixed to an easel with drawing pins. To add to the charts during a broadcast, the forecaster was equipped with a squeaky charcoal pencil.


TED said...

Great image, I wonder whether they still use the technology, it feels like it in the UK... Scotland is really bearing the worst of the weather again, we had snow in Cheadle for 5 days. Thats new for me!

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