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Michael Fish

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Michael Fish (born April 27, 1944) was a weather forecaster, most known for his BBC television weather presentations, although he was actually employed by the Met Office. Fish was born in Eastbourne. He has studied at he City University, London.

He was the longest serving weather presenter on British television, taking up the role in 1974. In October 1987, he came under significant public criticism after one evening he said "Earlier on today, apparently, a woman rung the BBC and said she heard there was a hurricane on the way... well, if you're watching, don't worry, there isn't!". That evening, the worst storm to hit Britain's South East since 1703 caused record damages and killed 19 people. However, the storm was not officially classed as a hurricane and the storm has been widely recognised as a freak incident that would have been impossible to predict.

Much like his colleague, John Kettley, Fish has obscurely featured in popular music - he appears prominently in The Prodigy's Weather Experience on their first album.

Fish was awarded the MBE in 2004 for services to broadcasting. He announced his retirement from forecasting and he made his final forecast on October 6 2004 on the BBC 10 o'clock news.

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