Serious Meteorology or Hot Mexican Weather Girls and Global Sexism?
Weather Girls - Warm Fronts, High Pressure and Extreme Heat!
Why is the weather so often presented by attractive women and is weather forecasting one of the major bastions of global sexism? Lets begin with some serious weather forecasting before exploring the glamour end of the international weather spectrum!
So are weather presenters chosen primarily for their expert knowledge of meteorology or just for their good looks? Is the weather forecasting game more about being good with figures or is it really about having a figure that looks hot in shorts?
In the UK, BBC weather presenters are highly professional meteorologists from the UK Met Office, a government sponsored organisation with links to the Ministry of Defence.
Obviously an ability to present the weather to camera is also required and being attractive and photogenic is always an advantage. However, the BBC is not an organisation to expect its weather presenters to wear mini-skirts or crop tops.
Serious Weather Forecasting or Hottie Presenters?
The BBC and other global networks have evolved the art of presenting the weather from basic magnetic symbols, metal map boards and pointers to computer animations, 3D maps and radar and satellite images.
Other smaller networks however, with less resources, focus more on making the weather entertaining and attractive to their viewers.
While it is dangerous to draw on national stereotypes, northern countries tend towards more serious weather presenting while countries further south go for weather glamour. It also appears, the hotter the climate the less clothing weather girls seem to wear.
BBC Serious Weather
With weather so unpredictable, we British need to take our weather very seriously. Remember, a small shift in the Gulf Stream can wipe out a whole British Summer. So lets begin our exploration of TV weather forecasting and presenting with a typical BBC UK broadcast.
While the BBC weather presenter Laura Tobin is pretty and personable, the emphasis is firmly on the weather and the camera view is of the weather animation not the presenter's body .
BBC serious weather presenting
Spot the difference between this and the BBC version?
In a single word, Legs. Mapia, the weather presenter has them, in abundance. She frequently strides in front of the map, swinging her hips. Look at her body language. Her body is talking but not about the weather!
You can also predict that temperatures will rise when the Greek males watch this forecast. Whether they'll actually remember what the temperature will be tomorrow is another matter!
In Poland the weather forcast is short and sweet as are the white shorts on the polished, polish presenter Marzena.
Down Mexico Way
Next let's cross the Atlantic to the home of really sizzling weather, Mexico.
We all know Mexico is a Latin country where they like everything really hot. You can see the temperatures rising as Yanet Garcia presents her forecast. Notice she has a delightful profile which she uses to full advantage.
Male Blood pressure rises across Mexico every time Ms Garcia turns. Can you really take in the figures on the map with Yanet's delicious 'derrierre'?.
So who cares if its going to be another 'scorcher' tomorrow with Yanet on TV?
In case you think Yanet is a one off, check out another Mexican weather hottie, Sugey Abrego who is certainly sweet in her tight top and cycling shorts. Mexico is a mountainous country and Sugey is obviously built to match.
Look out too for the big hot hunk at the end with a stuffed dog. What's that all about? is he her big brother and does he work at MacDonald's?
Kiwi (Weather?) Girls meet the Wild West
I've saved the 'best' (actually the worst!) until last. This clip from New Zealand of the Weather Angels is so awful it is a priceless TV gem!
Any pretence at serious weather presenting has gone. The technology is non-existant and the acting is excruciating.
Look out for the dreadful use of camera and the revolting set. What about the white sofa? What is the upside down green alien all about? The girls certainly can't dance.
The most professional bit is probably the nippleometer (Yes - I had difficulty spelling it) on board the sailing boat.
When it comes to the actual forecast, the girl in black struggles to read the weather from a clipboard but is helped by her friend striking the blackboard map with a lasso.
If you can 'bare' to watch it to the end then checkout the finale, the 'horseriding' scene. Strangely, the Weather Angels are by far the least erotic of the weather girls in this series of video clips.
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So is the Presentation of Weather Sexist?
So there you have it.
The whole spectrum of weather presentation from the more seriously minded BBC to some wacky stuff from around the globe.
Performances that rely more on the assets and talents of the female presenters and weather girls than their ability as meteorologists or the technology that they use.
Is the Weather Forecast sexist?
I’ll leave you and the performance of the weather girls to decide! Here is a final Espanic example from the US west Coast.