Ian McCaskill

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Ian McCaskill
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John Robertson McCaskill

(1938-07-28)28 July 1938
Glasgow, Scotland
Died10 December 2016(2016-12-10) (aged 78)
EducationQueen's Park Secondary
Alma materUniversity of Glasgow
Lesley Charlesworth
(m. 1959; died 1992)

Pat Cromack
(m. 1998; his death 2016)
Children4 (two daughters and two stepsons)

Ian McCaskill (born John Robertson McCaskill;[1] 28 July 1938 – 10 December 2016) was a BBC weatherman.

Early life[edit]

McCaskill went to Queen's Park Secondary in Glasgow, and then to the University of Glasgow, where he studied geology and chemistry.[2]


McCaskill joined the RAF in 1959 as part of his National Service and became an airman meteorologist, first in Scotland and then in Cyprus.[3] He once joked that when he joined the RAF he was given a choice between Catering and Meteorology, he didn't know what meteorology was but he knew he couldn't cook. He left the RAF in 1961 and joined the Met Office, working at Glasgow Prestwick Airport, Malta and Manchester.

In 1978 McCaskill began working at the BBC Weather Centre, and presented the television weather forecast for the BBC. He retired on 31 July 1998.[3]

His work as a weather presenter was parodied by the satirical comedy show Spitting Image,[3] and by impersonator Rory Bremner, amongst others. He was one of the weathermen mentioned on the novelty song "John Kettley Is a Weatherman", and at one point was the most imitated weather presenter in the UK.[3]

McCaskill worked as a motivational speaker, and appeared on the BBC Television shows MasterChef and on Have I Got News for You, as well as in a number of TV advertisements. He also participated in the first series of Celebrity Fit Club in 2002.

In 2006, he co-wrote the book Frozen in Time, about Britain's worst ever winters, with Paul Hudson.[4] [5]

Personal life[edit]

McCaskill lived near Beaconsfield in Buckinghamshire. He had two daughters with his first wife Lesley Charlesworth, to whom he was married from 1959 until her death from breast cancer in 1992. In 1998, he married Pat Cromack, becoming stepfather to her two sons.

McCaskill was a fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society. In May 2000, he opened the first phase of the £1.2 million 11-hectare Lower Leas Coastal Park in Folkestone.[6]


McCaskill was diagnosed with dementia in 2011. On 12 December 2016, his daughter announced that he had died two days previously.[1]


  • McCaskill, Ian; Hudson, Paul (27 October 2006), Frozen in Time: The Worst Winters in History, Somerset: Great Northern Books Ltd, ISBN 9781905080090
  • McCaskill, Ian; Hudson, Paul (1 October 2011), Frozen Britain, Somerset: Great Northern Books Ltd, ISBN 9781905080984


  1. ^ a b The Guardian. "Ian McCaskill obituary". 12 December 2016. Retrieved on 12 December 2016.
  2. ^ Ian McCaskill obituary The Guardian, 12 December 2016. Retrieved 13 December 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d BBC. "BBC - Weather - Ian McCaskill". 26 March 2010. Retrieved on 11 May 2013.
  4. ^ The Scarborough News. "Colder winters could be norm". 25 November 2011. Retrieved on 11 May 2013.
  5. ^ McCaskill, Ian; Hudson, Paul (27 October 2006). Frozen in Time: The Worst Winters in History. Somerset: Great Northern Books Ltd. ISBN 9781905080090.
  6. ^ Taylor, Alan F. (2002). Folkestone Past and Present. Somerset: Breedon Books. pp. 22–24. ISBN 1859832962.