John Kettley

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John Graham Kettley (born July 11 1952 in Halifax, Yorkshire) is a freelance weatherman.

He used to work for the Met Office, and presents weather forecasts for the BBC on Radio Five Live, mainly on Breakfast (6 - 9am), where he deftly deflects the unsinkable sarcasm of Nicky Campbell. He also lets us know how his favourite football team, Burnley F.C., have been doing.

He was brought up and educated in Todmorden, near Hebden Bridge. He studied Applied Physics at what is now Coventry University. He joined the Met Office in 1970. From 1980-5, he worked at the Nottingham Weather Centre, presenting forecasts for BBC East Midlands Today and Central Television. In 1985, he became a national forecaster on the BBC. He lives in Hitchin.

His status as a cult figure was confirmed in 1988 when a band called A Tribe of Toffs released the song "John Kettley is a Weatherman", which also namechecked other TV weather presenters of the day including Michael Fish, Bernard Davey, Bill Giles, Ian McCaskill and Wincey Willis. The single reached number 21 in the UK Singles Chart.

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