Bob Johnson

Bob joined the Met.Office from school and spent over 30 years as a weather observer    and forecaster. He gained vast experience in Britain and abroad in all facets of the weather with civil airports at Edinburgh,     London Heathrow and Wick, with the RAF at Lossiemouth, Kinloss,  with the British Army of the Rhine for 8   years in Germany forecasting for tanks, helicopters, harriers, guns and nuclear war, and exercising with the  army as it prepared for a third world war.
Bob also spent many years at weather centres in Glasgow and Newcastle forecasting for the media and the public, broadcasting on radio and television, before going full time with Tyne Tees Television as a presenter.

He is married to Joan, a Geordie from Willington Quay, and they have three daughters and six grandchildren     and live in Lesbury in Northumberland. Bob met Joan at the Newcastle General Hospital where she was a Sister   in the intensive care unit.  He was rushed to the unit after a bad accident in 1967, and they married a year    later. His hobbies include golf, gardening, walking and watching Coronation Street. A compulsive football fan    and lifelong Heart of Midlothian sufferer. 
He is proud to say his grandfather is from a large Stanley, Co. Durham mining family and is also the cousin of   Alan Hansen, BBC football pundit.

Julia Barthram

Julia was born in Leeds and grew up in Skipton in the Yorkshire Dales.

Julia moved to the North East to study Media at Sunderland University in 1994 she spent three years there and then lived in Gateshead for a year whilst working to save money  for a Post Graduate Journalism course.

Having studied journalism for a year in Preston Julia got a job as news reader/reporter  at the newly launched Galaxy Radio in Newcastle and returned to the North East. From there she moved to Metro Radio and BBC Radio Newcastle. In 2001 she came to Tyne Tees as a news reporter. She is now back in the same building where she studied at Sunderland University working in Tyne Tees’ Sunderland office as the district reporter.

Julia lives in Sunderland and supports the city’s football team. She loves walking on the beach, going out with friends, holidays as often as possible and reading. She goes to the gym but doesn’t particularly enjoy it.

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