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Airman McCaskill RIP

Old 12th Dec 2016, 18:02
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Airman McCaskill RIP

Weatherman Ian McCaskill dies, aged 78 - BBC News
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Old 12th Dec 2016, 18:47
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Just seen it myself. RIP.

Is 2016 beginning to end as it started with lots of celebrity deaths?

John Glenn, Ian MacCaskill............???
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Old 12th Dec 2016, 18:59
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Ian's presentation of the forecasts were better than those now. I liked seeing the isobars, reading the pressure levels, seeing the approaching low fronts on a proper chart-visually I always felt I was getting the bigger picture and it caused me to be more aware when I needed to be (driving long distances for example).

RIP Ian and thank-you for your service.
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Old 13th Dec 2016, 09:40
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I remember teaching Ian on the Senior Forecasters' Course. He was a good, fun guy.

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Old 13th Dec 2016, 09:52
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Happy forecasting in the Heavens Ian! I enjoyed his style. Is the 1960 still taken at Akrotiri?

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Old 13th Dec 2016, 10:16
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Seems from the Torygraph obit that he began weather-guessing as a NS airman.

He said: "They were looking for met men that week; if they'd been looking for cooks I could have been Gordon Ramsay!"
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Old 13th Dec 2016, 16:33
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to be pedantic [its what I do] I believe he would have been an observer. No guessing involved ..... that took yonks of training to wield the seaweed, cones, bones and balls.
To my knowledge there were no National Service forecasters [the training was far too long for an economical return].
There were exceptionally good observers, very highly qualified and skilled in lots of different spheres, logging their chuff-factor charts.
At Nicosia we had a graduate, we had a man who rose to high office in Customs and Excise, a man accepted for solicitor training. There was also the son of a major shipping line's commodore.
And then we had the nephew of the mad major of Tower Bridge fame. Another tale for another day ...............

Turning the story inside-out, anybody conscripted from a Met Office observer job went automatically into scratchy blue [or indeed dark blue I think]. Because observers were recruited from age 16 with "5 good O Levels to include maths and english and a science" quite a lot went to square-bashing at 18.

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Old 13th Dec 2016, 16:48
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He lived in our village; hadn't seen him for ages, now I know why. RIP.
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Old 13th Dec 2016, 17:00
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Langleybaston Sir - have you seen this thread, a few below ?
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Thank you: I have hastened across to read it.
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Old 15th Dec 2016, 15:40
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Ian McCaskill

Scottish or not, McCaskill was the classic, self-deprecating, British eccentric: the world will be all the duller without them, and the BBC have gradually weeded them out from their weather slots. He was also one of the old-school of professional Met forecasters that many of us used to come face-to-face with daily in briefing until the 1980s. The nearest to that ilk in the present team is Philip Avery.

Someone once described Ian McCaskill's style of TV presentation memorably as that of a college lecturer stumbling out of a Dumfries library, blinking myopically in the strong sunlight.



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