Weather girl’s teacher reunion

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Hailsham Rotarians, wives, partners and friends visited the BBC in Portland Square, London, for a tour.

A group of 52 people from the Rotary Club of Hailsham took a tour of the newsroom, radio theatres and the One Show studio.

They also had the chance to read the news and to give a weather forecast.

President Robin White worked as a geography teacher for many years in Robertsbridge and one of his pupils, Sarah Keith-Lucas, shared his enthusiasm for meterorology and went on to become a BBC weather girl.

Robin and his wife Sandi went to meet Sarah after teaching her GCSE geography 18 years ago.

Her BBC profile even mentions Robin’s input. It said, “Sarah Keith-Lucas grew up in rural East Sussex where her interest in the weather was first sparked by an enthusiastic geography teacher.”

She later went on to study geography at Durham University, taking particular interest in meteorology and climate change.

After graduating she spent two winter seasons working in the French Alps and indulging a passion for snow sports.

Sarah joined the Met Office in 2007 and completed her forecaster training at the Met Office College before going on to work as a weather forecaster at the Exeter headquarters.

Sarah gained a lot of experience during her time with the Met Office in Exeter, ranging from producing weather forecasts for supermarkets and airports, to sampling the surf on the beaches of Devon.

She then joined the BBC Weather team in 2008 as a broadcast assistant before going on to train as a broadcast meteorologist.

Her first television appearance was in the summer of 2009 and you will now see Sarah regularly presenting the weather forecast across the BBC.

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