• Individual Members
  • Early Career Members
  • Student Members
  • Corporate Members
  • SPIE Professional Magazine
  • Visiting Lecturers
  • Women In Optics
  • Women in Optics Events
    Women in Optics Planner
    2016 WiO Planner
    2015 WiO Planner
    2014 WiO Planner
    2013 WiO Planner
    2012 WiO Planner
    2011 WiO Planner
    2010 WiO Planner
    2009 WiO Planner
    2008 WiO Planner
    2007 WiO Planner
    2006 WiO Planner
    2005 WiO Planner
    Women in Optics Videos
    Women in Optics Survey
    Women in Optics Funding
  • BACUS Technical Group
 
Print PageEmail Page

Heather Reid

Broadcast Meteorologist
BBC Scotland

Country of origin: United Kingdom

What I do.
I work as a weather forecaster and presenter for BBC Scotland. I am responsible for analyzing the latest UK Met office computer model data, radar frames, and satellite imagery. I then use that information for Scotland's radio and TV forecasts.

What I find exciting.
I love the variety that weather forecasting provides. In Scotland no two days are the same! The weather is constantly changing, and trying to produce an accurate forecast is a great challenge. Working on live TV can be exciting as well, especially when things go wrong!

What I wish someone had told me.
Accept that you will be wrong sometimes! You will have some bad days when things don't work out well. I think professionally we all put ourselves under tremendous pressure to be perfect, especially in the media. Life just isn't like that!