Francis Wilson (meteorologist)
After graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from Imperial College London, Wilson worked as a Meteorological Office forecaster from 1972. He became a Fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society in 1973, and later a Chartered Meteorologist.
In 1978, he joined Thames TV as weatherman, and joined the BBC Breakfast team in 1983, using for the first time on British television computer generated graphics. Wilson joined Sky News in 1993, and until June 2010, headed the weather department, which broadcast weather forecasts for Europe 24 hours a day.
In 1979, Wilson was invited by Ian Anderson to contribute to the Jethro Tull album Stormwatch. He reads the Shipping Forecast on the track "North Sea Oil", and the spoken introduction to "Dun Ringill".
Francis was in a relationship with Christine Tomlin, a teacher from Aylesbury between 2005 and 2010. However, the couple ended the relationship after it emerged Francis had an affair.
Wilson has won the title of "Best Television Weather Presenter - Worldwide" at the International Television Weather Forecasters Festival in 1995, 1997, 2000 and 2003. He is also the author of seven books, including The Great British Obsession (1990).
- Francis Wilson. Royal Meteorological Society, 2013. Retrieved 4 July 2013. Archived here.
- "Weatherman Francis Wilson axed by Sky". Mirror.co.uk. Archived here.
- "Profile of Francis Wilson from BBC Weather". bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 2010-07-27.
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