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Ian Black
Climatologist | CBC News Ottawa

True story: as a six-year old, Ian Black sat on the front porch of his house with his mother, watching an approaching thunderstorm. He was so amazed by what he saw that he went to the library-on his own-and read everything he could find about thunderstorms. The next time a storm approached, he told his mother that they should go inside, 'because it's not safe to be outside with lightning'. 

Ian Black is the climatologist for CBC News Ottawa at 5, 5:30 and 6, and CBC News Late Night, and for CBC Radio One, 91.5 FM. He forecasts can also be found on-line at, and on Twitter @blacksweather

Ian is the only weather forecaster in Ottawa endorsed by the Canadian Metrological and Oceanographic Society (in fact, he was the first broadcaster ever endorsed). He's a hockey dad, and before he became Ottawa's go-to guy for accurate forecasts, he was a substitute teacher in just about every high school in town. A self-described weather geek, he is particularly excited about how technology has caught up to the way he had envisioned weather forecasting 20 years ago. 

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