Those who learn of Lisa Murray’s line of work often assume she’s outside a lot. In reality, the MetService meteorologist and presenter on MetService TV is more likely to be in front of a screen, camera or classroom, than battling the elements.
Murray moved to New Zealand 12 years ago from Ireland, where she’d been lecturing in maths and physics in Galway – a compact, walkable city reminiscent of her adopted home, Wellington.
The MetService headquarters, in the hillside suburb of Kelburn, is full of folk thinking through the real-world implications of weather, whether it’s advising the nation to clear the drains, plan a barbecue, tie down the trampoline or bring a jacket. They do hear from the occasional tough customer, Murray says, who thinks they “make” the weather.
“Unfortunately, we don’t have that ability. I’d be a millionaire if we did.”
We subjected Murray to a Sunday grill:
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