Chairman Warty Donaldson welcomed members to the May meeting of the Gordon Trefoil Guild, which was held in Alford Public Hall.
Following the business, the speaker was welcomed. Weather presenter, Jo Farrow was introduced and she called her talk ‘Weather Badge and Beyond’.
She explained how, as a young guide, she became fascinated by the weather, having gained her weather badge. This involved recording the weather as well as making other observations during the course of a month.
She followed up her interest by gaining a science degree after studying maths, geophysics and meteorology.
Jo attended the Government Met Office at Bracknell and Reading. She learned how to study the weather and had on-the-job training by preparing forecasts for farmers, the electricity board and even supermarkets.
Following further training Jo worked with the BBC in London where she prepared graphics and forecasts for others to present, eventually appearing before the cameras herself. She gave an interesting insight into that aspect of her career.
Jo moved around the country presenting and forecasting the weather on a variety of TV stations and now lives in the North-east. As she has a young family, she works part-time, mainly covering for the regular presenters on STV.
Guiding has always been part of Jo’s life. She is a Guide Leader with a local pack.
Jo’s talk was fascinating and entertaining as was apparent by the number of questions asked at the end.
Doris Burgess gave the vote of thanks. The next meeting of the new session will be on Tuesday, September 11 in Kemnay Public Hall at 7pm.