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Peter Gibbs
BBC weather forecaster Peter Gibbs
Peter Gibbs
BBC weather forecaster

BBC Weatherman Peter Gibbs was born in Sunderland, but moved to Kendal at an early age and considers himself lucky to have grown up in the beautiful surroundings of the English Lake District.

On graduating from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in 1979 with an Honours degree in Physics and Geography, he joined the British Antarctic Survey based in Cambridge.

After training as a weather observer, Peter sailed to the Antarctic in October 1979 and travelled via the Falkland Islands and South Georgia to reach the British Halley base on the Brunt Ice Shelf. This became his home for the next two years. From here he made routine weather observations and balloon soundings and helped with the routine maintenance of the base, in temperatures as low as minus 40°C.

Peter returned to the UK in May 1982 and joined the Meteorological Office the following year as a trainee forecaster.

He then spent several years in the forecast office at RAF Honington in Suffolk, followed by a short time working on the island of Benbecula in the Outer Hebrides, forecasting for the Army missile range.

Peter moved to Norwich Weather Centre in 1989. He began television broadcasting as a forecaster with BBC Norwich in 1993, and moved to the BBC Weather Centre to join the BBC World team in October 1997.

Peter is married to Sue and they have two children, Douglas and Elspeth. Much of his spare time is spent with the family, who all enjoy the countryside and whenever possible go walking cycling and sailing.

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