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26 April, 2006 - 17:29 By Staff Reporter

Forecast bright for weather business

Distance and international borders are no barrier for weather experts based at Norwich’s University of East Anglia.

WeatherQuest, the independent weather forecasting company, has been appointed to provide the weather information for TG4, the national Irish-speaking television channel in Galway on the west coast of Ireland.

And in a truly global effort the company – formed five years ago after the Meteorological Office closed the Norwich Weather Centre – analyses the weather, the TV station translates the information into Gaelic and Metra of New Zealand provides the graphics.

WeatherQuest MD Jim Bacon said: “It’s a truly international collaboration between Norfolk, Ireland and New Zealand. We prepare the scripts and forecasts to match Metra’s graphics and TG4 presenters read the words.”

Bacon and his team work for a wide range of media organisations including BBC TV and 17 BBC local radio stations across the country as well as for farmers, food companies and local authorities.

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