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BBC Midlands Today Weather team

SHEFALI OZA

What's the best thing about reporting weather for BBC Midlands Today?

They've kept me on my toes and occupied over the years I've been doing it but it's changed dramatically since I first started from being confined in the studio to moving on to location.

Shefali Oza
I've always said that one day I would love to chase a twister but if I was caught in the presence of one I'm sure it would toss me to one side in a millisecond.
Shefali Oza

Why are you sent out on location?

I do reports as a reporter so it's not just weather. I know I talk about weather but its weather incorporating other things. I like to go out on location see the Midlands and meet the people and I have been to some really interesting places as a result of that. Stately homes are really nice and I have been to many over the years.

What is it about weather that excites you?

If we're talking about extremes of weather it's all consuming, it's all powerful and it can bring anything to a halt. It can also equally bring a smile to people's faces - when it's good. I've always said that one day I would love to chase a twister but if I was caught in the presence of one I'm sure it would toss me to one side in a millisecond.

Is there something that viewers might not know about you?

Some years ago I joined Shooting Stars in their tour of the country, they were at the Wolverhampton Civic and that light shone on me so I had to do an impersonation and I picked Alanis Morissette and they liked it so much they called me back the next day.

BEN RICH

Why is weather one of your favourite things?

I've always been fascinated in the weather ever since I was about 5 years old especially when it gets windy, wet or thunderstorms and in my mind I want to know why.

Ben Rich
I find it interesting to think that even if the weather here is really quiet its not so quiet somewhere else.
Ben Rich

I grew up in Devon where the weather changed and rained an awful lot.

I used to watch weather on the TV and think "I'd like to do that." So I then went out and learnt as much as I could and taught myself about the weather.

Coming from Devon, how have you got familiar with the West Midlands?

I try to get out and about whenever I can. I like Worcestershire and walking in the Malvern Hills and Worcester is a lovely city.

What's your favourite weather fact?

I guess it's easy to think "Oh the weather, not very exciting" but I was doing some research and discovered that there are 100 lightening flashes around the world every second. I think that's amazing and I find it interesting to think that even if the weather here is really quiet its not so quiet somewhere else.

What's a typical day for you?

I get out of bed at 3:45 and come straight into the dressing room and put my make up on - everyone has to wear make up for TV - even the men.

By 5:15 I'm looking at the weather charts and talking with the weather forecasters in London getting a story together and around 6 O'Clock I'm ready for broadcasting. It's really early hours and can be very challenging.

GENELLE ALDRED

What's the best thing about reporting weather for BBC Midlands Today?

Getting it right! People approach me in the street and say, "I didn't put my washing out today and thank you for that."

Genelle Aldred
Weather is something everyone's interested in so when I think it's my job I think: "Wow."
Genelle Aldred

What's your most memorable moment?

I did an outside broadcast once with Dinosaur from the Walking with Dinosaurs exhibition, he wasn't talking obviously but I was and some school children were waving in the background. I'm pretty sure no one was listening to the weather on that day.

What is it about weather that excites you?

I think it's that your whole life being British everything is always about the weather. It's small talk or when you're saying "Oh I can't wear that top today because it's raining". Also, everything is about the seasons, even in fashion and I'm really into clothes. Weather is something everyone's interested in so when I think it's my job I think: "Wow."

You said you talk to the public when you're out and about, what's that like?

It's good fun. People will come up to me and say that I look a lot smaller in real life. It's always nice for someone to approach you and say that they like your work and what you do.

Is there something that the public might not know about you ?

I'm a big football fan and support Arsenal. Also I'm a massively huge fan of Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery. My sisters and I used to watch every year and used to recite every word, we had far too much time on our hands!




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