Irish weatherman Deric Hartigan turns stormchaser during extreme weather
TV3 weather presenter Deric Hartigan said goodbye to the green screen this week and chased the worst storms Ireland has seen in 15 years.
The down-to-earth broadcaster takes his role very seriously and has become the go-to source for updates throughout the last thee weeks and says he feels a 'natural obligation' to be hands on with his job,
"With weather listed as one of Ireland's national obsessions, I feel a natural obligation and professional duty as part of my job to keep the public informed and up-to-date on current conditions," he told Independent.ie.
"It has been an extremely busy (but exciting) Christmas and New Year period as the weather has taken so many stormy twists and turns over the past three weeks.
"Within the last seven days, I've already travelled to Clare, Limerick, Tipperary, Offaly, Kildare and Wicklow to see conditions first-hand. Unfortunately, weather isn't a 9-5 job, it's a 24 hour phenomenon and Mother Nature rules the roost!"
And while Hartigan says he has no desire for the damaging weather and storms to continue, he loves being on the precipitation frontline.
"With regards to my hands-on approach, it's very much a part of who I am," he added. "Coming from a farming background and as a keen kite-surfer, I've no problem rolling up my sleeves, getting stuck in and braving nature's harsh elements. Storm-chasing gives an added edition of excitement and edge to my job. I hope to do more front-line forecasting and reporting in the future.
"From farmers and fishermen to housewives and holiday makers, they all depend on what I do, in some shape or form, so I do take my job seriously and take pride in my work. The talented teams at both Met Éireann and Weather Services International work symbiotically with all weather presenters to ensure we get it right, so credit where credit's due."