Bright spell ... how Jean's weather front dazzled Europe
Published 15/09/2011 | 05:00
MET Eireann forecaster Jean Byrne has brewed up a storm with her daring outfits.
But when it comes to explaining weather patterns, it seems Byrne can't be beaten.
The Kerry woman has now become the first Irish presenter to be awarded the European Meteorological Society's 2011 TV Weather Forecast Trophy award, which is presented to individuals to acknowledge best practise in communication of meteorology.
According to the EMS, the winner of the TV Weather Forecast Award each year is chosen for "an outstanding video clip of a weather forecast".
However, although Met Eireann entered the weather forecaster in to the category, they were last night unable to offer any details on her prize winning briefing, or whether other Irish meteorologists were entered into the same competition.
Byrne said last night that she "was delighted and honoured to receive this prestigious award".
"It's great, coming as it does from a group of my professional colleagues and which recognises the importance of the work that meteorologists do and how we continue to try to give our best service," she added.
She is expected to be presented with her honour at the EMS Media Awards, which take place in Berlin, Germany, tomorrow.
Glen Killane, RTE's managing director of television, offered his "sincere congratulations" to the forecaster. He added: "Jean Byrne is a highly valued member of RTE's weather team and we are very proud that she has earned this accolade.
"We are delighted that Jean's hard work has been recognised by a European audience."
From Tarbert in Co, Kerry, Byrne initially decided to study medicine after leaving school. However, after a change of heart, she applied instead for a job in the Irish National Meteorological Service, or Met Eireann.
She began presenting weather on RTE in 1996.