Saturday 18 November 2017

Mum-of-three Joanna Donnelly is going down a storm as RTE's newest weather woman

Joanna Donnelly
Joanna Donnelly
Joanna Donnelly

Eimear Rabbitt

RTE TV's new weather woman has been causing quite the stir since making the move from radio.

Dublin mum-of-three Joanna Donnelly said she was more than happy to make an impact, admitting that her first foray into television has given her an adrenalin rush.

The Finglas native, who has been working as a meteorologist for 14 years, started training for her TV gig one year ago.

When she first began regular TV broadcasts last month, Joanna's direct and in-depth weather reports resulted in a storm of praise online.

One mesmerised viewer joked that Joanna "gave me chills", while others praised her "relaxed presentation".

"That is nice to hear," Joanna told the Herald.

"It's been my job for 14 years and I like to think I'm good at my job.

"You are not supposed to think about it, but it is nice to get a positive reaction and the public seem to be happy."

Joanna described the transition from radio to TV weather reporting as "different".

"The shifts are longer on TV and it's weird - there is this adrenalin that you get out of TV, which you don't get from radio, so it takes a while to come down from that. It has been an eye opener, but I am a meteorologist so I am still forecasting the weather."

Joanna, who now lives in Portmarnock, said she was "looking for a change" when a gap appeared on the TV weather roster.

"RTE approved it and I got my moment on TV, so the team seem happy with me and it seems the public are happy so the rest is out of my control. We will see what happens," she said.

Joanna has three children - daughter Nicky (12) and sons Tobias (8) and Casper (6) - with her weatherman husband Harm Luijkx.

"We met through work so we are both meteorologists and knee deep in the weather," Joanna added.


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