Tomasz Schafernaker

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Tomasz Schafernaker
Born (1979-01-08) 8 January 1979 (age 39)
Gdańsk, Poland
Nationality Dual Polish-British
Education BSc (Hons) in Meteorology, University of Reading
Occupation Meteorologist
Employer BBC
Television BBC Weather

Tomasz Schafernaker (born 8 January 1979[1]) is a British-Polish meteorologist for BBC Weather.[2]

Early life[edit]

Schafernaker was born in Gdańsk, Poland, and attended school both in his native Poland and in Britain. He was educated at the independent school St. John's College, Southsea, in Portsmouth, where he took A-levels in mathematics, physics and art, followed by the University of Reading where he gained a BSc (Hons) in Meteorology.[3]


After joining the Met Office, he trained as a meteorologist. He joined the BBC Weather Centre in 2000, working as a broadcast assistant, and became a presenter in the same year; this made him the youngest man to present the BBC Weather. [4] He spent some time giving BBC regional forecasts across the UK, and presented on BBC World during the winter of 2003.

From 2004 until 2005, Schafernaker studied at the Met Office college in Exeter, Devon, and trained as a forecaster for aviation. He also worked for a time at ITV, as well as the London Weather Centre.

Schafernaker rejoined the BBC in 2006. He became infamous for raising "the finger" towards, and after a gentle tease from, the BBC news presenter Simon McCoy,[2] in the belief that he was off camera. A clip of his shocked and horrified facial expression has received more than 5.5 million hits on the video sharing website YouTube. After a set of cost-cutting measures and choice of a smaller core of national weather presenters, he was removed from broadcasting on the BBC in 2010.[2] He was later named Best TV Weather Presenter at TRIC Awards 2010.[5]

Still working for the Met Office, Schafernaker presented on various broadcast projects for various UK networks including The Weather Channel, Discovery Channel and Channel Four. On 29 May 2012 he joined BBC South East as a weather presenter, joining the freelance Kaddy Lee-Preston. Schafernaker returned to BBC national broadcasts on 19 January 2013. He normally forecasts on the BBC News Channel, Radio 4 or Radio 5 Live. In 2017 he was voted the most popular weather presenter in the UK in a public poll.[4][6]

Magazine modelling[edit]

Schafernaker posed for the front cover of Attitude Active magazine in January 2010, wearing only shorts.[7]


  1. ^ "Tomasz Schafernaker official facebook site". Retrieved 19 August 2010. [unreliable source?]
  2. ^ a b c "Weathermen axed from BBC to cut costs | Metro News". 2010-10-13. Archived from the original on 2018-08-26. Retrieved 2018-09-14. 
  3. ^ "About Me". Archived from the original on 2014-06-13. Retrieved June 26, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b Westbrook, Caroline (30 May 2017). "Tomasz Schafernaker has been named Britain's favourite weather presenter". Metro. London. Archived from the original on 2017-10-05. Retrieved 9 October 2017. 
  5. ^ "Babs triumphs at TRIC awards". Sky (TV). March 10, 2010. Retrieved August 19, 2010. [dead link]
  6. ^ Doran, Sarah (30 May 2017). "Tomasz Schafernaker and Windy Wilson voted the UK's favourite weather presenters". Radio Times. London. Archived from the original on 2017-10-10. Retrieved 9 October 2017. 
  7. ^ "Pass notes: From 'Nowheresville' to on-air puking: why Tomasz Schafernaker is the UK's fave forecaster". The Guardian. London. 30 May 2017. Archived from the original on 2017-11-26. Retrieved 9 October 2017. 

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