I was recently privileged to take part in the Forum International de la Météo (International Weather Forum) in Paris.
The event is a gathering of about 60 TV weather presenters from around the world, sponsored by the French meteorological society (Société Météorologique de France).
My TV weather colleagues are some of the most friendly and interesting people I have ever met. People like Steve from Ghana, who is not only a TV weatherman but an ordained minister. Or Piernando, an Italian-speaker who broadcasts weather in Switzerland. Or Jill, a weather presenter from Belgium who completed a personal quest to provide clean drinking water to a community in Africa.
I am always fascinated by the number of issues that we seem to have in common as weather broadcasters. We all deal with new technology, social media, declining budgets. We gather to watch videotapes of broadcasts, to compare notes and steal good ideas from each other. Over the years, I have adopted several techniques that I learned from my international colleagues at this Forum.
We also take part in professional programs of instruction, such as talks from prominent European scientists about climate change and satellite meteorology. I always enjoy comparing notes with what they are doing in Europe compared to what we are doing here in the U.S. Yes, it is France - so there are always a couple memorable dinners. And this year, we again took part in the "Green Ride," a pleasant bicycle ride across Paris.
If you are interested in seeing what weathercasts look like in other countries, here are some links to view broadcasts from my friends and fellow weather presenters from the Forum:
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