Gerald Fleming

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Gerald Fleming
Born County Wexford, Ireland
Nationality Irish
Education University College Dublin
Occupation Head of Forecasting, Met Éireann
Notable credit(s) Met Éireann forecast on RTÉ
Spouse(s) Mary Duggan
Children 3

Gerald Fleming is an Irish meteorologist and weather presenter. He joined Met Éireann in 1980 and has worked as co-ordinator of the RTÉ Television weather team. He is currently Head of Forecasting in Met Éireann.[1]

Early and personal life[edit]

He was born in County Wexford, where he still lives today. He attended a local Christian Brothers school. He is married to Mary Duggan, an architect, and has three children and one grandson.[2]

He has been involved with the Wexford Swimming Club and the Wexford Arts Centre.[1][3]

Career[edit]

Fleming attended University College Dublin where he studied for four years. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Experimental Physics. In 1980 he achieved a Master of Science following two years of research in the Atmospherics Group of the UCD Physics Department.[1] When he left university, he moved straight to Irish Met Service. After sixteen months training, he was deployed to Dublin Airport as an aviation forecaster. He moved to the Glasnevin base two years later.[2]

He gave his first weather forecast in July 1985. In 1990, he was made co-ordinator of weather at RTÉ Television.[2] While on television he was noted for his tendency to wink.[4][5]

He has served as Chairperson of the International Association of Broadcast Meteorology and Co-Chair of the First World Conference on Broadcast Meteorology.[1] He has also chaired the Expert Team on Media Issues for the World Meteorological Organisation.[2]

Fleming is currently Head of the General Forecasting Division in Met Éireann.[1][6] In this position he has been a representative of Met Éireann to the media.[7] He is a regular contributor to Mooney on RTÉ Radio 1.[8][9] Furthermore, he is the treasurer of the International Association of Broadcast Meteorology (IABM).

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Decisions, decisions, decisions --- weather in the real world". Irish Met Society. Retrieved 31 January 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d "The Weather Team: Gerald Fleming". RTÉ.ie. Archived from the original on 19 February 2010. Retrieved 7 February 2010. 
  3. ^ Gerald Fleming (21 January 2009). "An interesting snapshot, but the story of this swimmer's life has yet to unfold". The Irish Times. Retrieved 7 February 2010. "Gerald Fleming is head of Met Éireann’s forecast office in Glasnevin, Dublin, and has presented weather broadcasts on RTÉ for many years. He is past chairman – and current treasurer – of Wexford Swimming Club." 
  4. ^ John Whelan (23 August 2009). "Weather forecasters need to provide a little sunshine". Irish Independent. Retrieved 7 February 2010. 
  5. ^ "'It's murder, Poirot. Fancy a Coke?'". The Irish Times. 19 September 2009. Retrieved 7 February 2010. 
  6. ^ "Met Éireann Divisions: General Forecasting". Met Éireann. Retrieved 7 February 2010. 
  7. ^ Tim O'Brien (23 November 2009). "Forecast and travel". The Irish Times. Retrieved 7 February 2010. 
  8. ^ "Mooney: 9 June 2009". Mooney. Retrieved 7 February 2010. 
  9. ^ "Mooney: 13 December 2006". Mooney. Retrieved 7 February 2010.