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Daniel Corbett is a British broadcast meteorologist, who worked for the Met Office and the BBC for many years until May 2011. He first joined the Met Office and BBC Weather Centre in 1997, after beginning his career in the United States. In May 2011, Corbett made his final BBC weather report prior to taking up a new post in New Zealand with the MetService.
Early life and career before 1997
Daniel Corbett was born in Dagenham, Essex, and spent his early life living in Billericay, before moving with his family to New York in 1974. Corbett grew up in Smithtown, New York, where he graduated from high school in 1985. He earned his BSc degree in Meteorology at the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1990, and moved on to work for Universal Weather and Aviation in New York and Houston, Texas. Here he undertook weather forecasting for corporate clients, energy companies, the aviation industry and ski resorts amongst others. Corbett's television career began in 1995, when he worked for WCFT-TV in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He then moved onto KWTX-TV in Waco, Texas where his English accent proved a big hit with viewers. While he was working for KWTX, one of America's biggest tornadoes, an F5, hit close to Waco, and Dan made a name for himself by correctly predicting that the tornado would, contrary to earlier forecasts, miss the city itself.
Career since 1997
In 1997 Corbett was invited to join the Met Office and the BBC to help launch the brand new BBC News 24. Corbett was a key member of the weather team and presented the first ever weather forecast on the channel. He also appeared on a range of other BBC output, including forecasts for BBC Breakfast News in 1998, appearances on BBC One and BBC Two and broadcasts across the BBC's network of radio stations. In 2000 Corbett returned to the USA, where he freelanced as a meteorologist for a number of TV stations across the southern states, including KRIV-TV in Houston, Texas. In 2001 he moved to Tucson, Arizona, where he worked at KGUN-TV as a weather forecaster and feature reporter. Corbett spent three months back at the BBC Weather Centre in summer 2003 presenting forecasts on BBC World, before returning to the US. However, he returned to the UK, BBC and Met Office in 2004. Since 2005, Corbett has presented forecasts for the BBC's coverage of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships live from the courtside for two weeks each summer. In July 2007 Corbett appeared regularly on BBC News covering severe flooding in southern Britain. He also presented several forecasts BBC One live from the floodwaters in Gloucestershire. His experience of working in the US means Corbett is often called upon to comment on severe weather events like hurricanes and tornadoes on various BBC News programmes and the BBC News channel. On 17 May 2011 he announced on BBC Radio 5 Live that he was leaving the BBC to work in New Zealand for their Met Office. He made his final 5 Live forecast on 18 May 2011.
- "BBC - Weather - Daniel Corbett". BBC News. 2009-12-15. Retrieved 2012-03-15.
Daniel Corbett weather broadcast from 25 September 1998. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2qonOyBou1w