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MEET SARA THORNTON

Sara is presenter, journalist and Fellow of the Royal Met Society with more than twenty years of professional experience, working for some of the biggest broadcasting organisations in the world.

She started her career at the BBC while working towards her Journalism Post-graduate, and spent several happy years as a roving TV and radio reporter before moving to ITV as a newsreader.

It was there that she began her meteorology training and moved into a weather presenting role, using her combined skills to present and produce environment reports and a half-hour weather documentary.

In the early noughties, she also worked the tough showbiz circuit of parties, premieres and junkets as a reporter for tv and radio outlets including Liquid News, Independent Radio News, ITN and Radio 1, interviewing hundreds of celebrities such as The Sex Pistols, James Brown, Ewan McGregor, Sir Ian McKellan, Martin Freeman, Ant and Dec, and countless others, and appearing on the final of Pop Idol.

After a stint living abroad in Brussels and Washington D.C., Sara returned to the BBC as a weather presenter in 2009. She became part of the BBC Weather national team as a Senior Producer and presenter in 2011, while also working across all BBC Nations and Regions, and becoming the first presenter to appear on every local, regional, national and international platform fronting the weather.​

In 2016, Sara joined the UK's Met Office as presenter to launch the new UKMO weather app and help develop a team of on-screen presenter forecasters.

Sara teamed up with her former colleague John to launch Weathertrending in 2017, and today combines the business with her broadcasting and journalism career. She can be found regularly presenting radio shows, giving expert analysis on severe weather for national publications and radio stations, and writing for the likes of Countryfile Magazine and The Telegraph.​

In their most ambitious project to date, Sara and John launched their ground-breaking weather travel app Vacay Weather in 2020 - helping holidaymakers to plan leisure travel around the vagaries of world weather. Check it out here!

MEET JOHN HAMMOND

John has isobars running through his veins! Since early childhood, his fascination with the elements meant there was only ever one ambition that drove him on (once playing cricket for England seemed unattainable).

 

After graduating with a Masters Degree in Meteorology, he embarked on a forecasting career at the Met Office, before beginning a successful career in broadcasting - on ITV and, more recently, for the BBC. He has appeared on numerous programmes as a weather expert, including Horizon, Countryfile and The One Show. He still broadcasts regularly on TV and radio - as a meteorologist, station announcer and newsreader.

 

Away from the studio, John enjoys a wide range of sport and is often found running through the Chiltern countryside, playing tennis (badly) at his local club or being beaten by his son at golf. And when this weatherman has to seek shelter indoors from the rain, he enjoys dabbling in oil painting or strumming his guitar - while dreaming of deep snow or dramatic thunderstorms, of course.

In their most ambitious project to date, Sara and John launched their ground-breaking weather travel app Vacay Weather in 2020 - helping holidaymakers to plan leisure travel around the vagaries of world weather. Check it out here!

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