|ATTRIBUTES OF A BROADCAST METEOROLOGIST
METEOROLOGIST JEFF HABY
A broadcast meteorologist must be able to describe complex weather phenomena to the public in a way that
is complete, coherent, correct, descriptive and entertaining. The following is a list of attributes of a
(1) Dresses the public properly for the weather.
(2) Describes not just the
chance for precipitation but the
precipitation type, intensity, areal coverage, duration, start and ending time of occurrence, and
total precipitation expected.
(3) Traveling conditions. The public is very interested in
how the weather will delay drive and fly times.
Wintry precipitation and
fog cause the most delays and accidents.
(4) Gives unique forecasts when the weather is mundane and gives serious and respected
forecasts during times of
severe weather. In cases of mundane weather, the broadcasters entertaining
personality can be enhanced.
(5) Special added touches. Community involvement in severe weather and
meteorological education, being able to relate the weather to the general public, and having the
right on-air catchy phrase at the right time.
(6) Meaningful data added to the forecast (i.e. impact of
weather on community events,
severe weather preparation,
weather impact on animals,
impact on sporting events)
(7) Science expert. Has knowledge of the scientific method and other branches of
science which relate to meteorology (astronomy, geology, climatology). Has the ability to answer questions such
as, "What is that strange light in the sky?" or "What is El Niņo?"