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.