Meet CBC weather specialist, Farah Singh, who joins host Jill Morgan and the reporting teams from Regina and Saskatoon to bring you CBC News: Saskatchewan at 5, 5:30 & 6. Tune in each weekday for Saskatchewan's first look at local weather and breaking news on CBC-TV.
In Regina, tune in on SaskTel Max Channel 3 SD and channel 303 HD, Access Communications channel 4 and Bell Satellite channel 247.
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Weather has always been a passion of mine. It’s an amazing conversation starter and acts as a true connector in the community. Even when I was studying to be a news journalist, I would see that weather was often the lead story in the news. We all love to talk about the weather because it plays such a crucial role in our lives.What are your first impressions of Saskatchewan?
It’s cold. Even coming in to work this morning I was amazed to find that my tea had cooled off on the walk in from my car! I’m from Toronto so this is quite a change.
What makes up for the cold though, is how warm the people are. I’ve really noticed how friendly everyone is, you’re not just a number here. I already feel like I am joining a family, a community of people who really love to live here. I also love that there are no line-ups, I went to get my driver’s license and I didn’t even have to wait.You're studying to be a broadcast meteorologist, what does that involve?
I am taking a 3 year online Broadcast Meteorology Certificate with Mississippi State University. The course provides a wide variety of experience in hands-on weather analysis and forecasting and gives insight into how to present the latest information on more time sensitive material related to forecasting.
I really feel I owe it to the audience to understand fully what I am reporting on and this course is helping me fulfill that goal. Personally I like to have the answers rather than having to ask someone else to explain what’s going on.What is your favourite time of day/year?
The second the sun comes up, to me it signifies the start of something new and new opportunities, in fact, I love getting up before the sun. If you’re up before the sun, you won’t run out of time to get things done in a day.
Autumn is my favourite time of year! I love the colours, the crispness, even the change of wardrobe. It’s a really romantic time of year. And, as a long distance runner, the temperature in the fall is perfect for me.What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I love working out, I’ve run half-marathons and do yoga and am looking at training for a triathlon. I also love to cook and read and of course spending time with family and friends.What would be your perfect weather reporting scenario?
As journalists, our minds automatically go to something dramatic, like a tornado, but I would love to report on really interesting weather phenomena, the kind of thing where people are out taking photos. An example would be the rare mammatus or bubble clouds seen in Saskatchewan a couple years ago, or even the aurora borealis. The kind of weather stories that really pique people’s interest are the best.What was the last movie, TV show, book or person that made a big impact on you? And why?
By far, my favourite movie is The Iron Lady. It teaches you about perseverance, dedication, going against all odds and succeeding. One of my favourite quotes from the movie is “Watch your thoughts, for they become words. Watch your words, for they become actions. Watch your actions, for they become habits. Watch your habits, for they become your character. And watch your character, for it becomes your destiny. What we think, we become.” It is a great reminder of how I want to live my life.
I also have to add that my favourite person is my husband, Robby Singh. After a four year courtship, he proposed to me in a small plane over the Toronto skyline and we were married in November. He is my best friend and biggest fan.What is the one cause that you feel most passionate about?
Animal protection is one of my passions. I have 2 dogs and a 25 year old parrot I inherited from my parents. Does he talk? Just one word, the name of my brother, whose name he picked up after hearing my parents call him over-and-over while trying to wake him up.
I have also been involved in Girls Inc. a mentorship program for young girls, which inspires them to achieve academically; lead healthy and physically active lives, and equips them with what they need to manage their futures. I think it is important to empower our young women.