Monday 19 August 2019

Well-known Met Éireann forecaster Gerald Fleming to retire after 37 years

Met Éireann forecaster Gerald Fleming
Met Éireann forecaster Gerald Fleming
Denise Calnan

Denise Calnan

Well-known forecaster Gerald Fleming is set to retire from Met Éireann after 37 years.

The current Head of Forecasting at Met Éireann said he is looking forward to retiring, but will continue his meteorological work internationally.

The well-liked forecaster is turning 60 at the end of the month, and said he will retire by the end of the year.

Speaking on RTE Radio One's Today with Sean O'Rourke, Mr Fleming said he is looking forward to the future.

Warning: Gerald Fleming. Photo: Collins
Warning: Gerald Fleming. Photo: Collins

"I'm retiring from Met Éireann, but not meteorology hopefully. I still have an interest in it and I'm doing a lot of activity internationally.

"The Monday-Friday 9-5 commitment is one that I'm going to step away from.

"Because I've reached this stage happily, I am in good health and I've plenty of energy and plenty of interest.

"Indeed, there are parts of my professional life and other parts of life I'd like to enjoy.

"Our three children are grown up and earning their own corn at this stage so it's time to enjoy the other things in life," he added.

Mr Fleming joked that he thinks he could be busier this time next year, and said he does not see himself taking part in any reality TV shows.

"I have lots of other things I'd like to do, I could be busier this time next year," he said.

"Like every job there are bits you like, and bits you have to do."

The former Met Éireann broadcaster said he is enjoying his current work with the World Meterological Organisation and will continue a three-year-long project he has undertaken with the group.

"I'll keep that commitment," he continued.

"At the moment I have to fit that work in around my everyday job, now it'll be more of my focus.

"I've picked up some value in my 37 years and I hope I can pass it on to other countries where meteorology isn't as well developed."

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