In a special tête-à-tête with Tamil Nadu Weatherman, ParentCircle finds out about the scorching Chennai weather this summer, the effect of eclipses on pregnant women and other interesting stories.
By Team ParentCircle
Pradeep John is a 'self-taught' weather forecaster whose weather updates are more closely followed by the people of Chennai, than the forecasts shared by the India meteorological department! His fan base of almost 6 lakh followers on Facebook is a testament to this. And Tamil Nadu weatherman, as he is fondly known as, ensures that his followers stay informed with the city’s latest weather forecasts, come rain or shine.
At present, he is busy giving timely updates on the sweltering Chennai weather that seems to be soaring this summer season!
Once upon a time...
Pradeep’s tryst with nature, began in 1994, when he was studying in class VII. During that year, a sudden and fiery cyclone struck the city of Chennai causing enormous havoc and significant damage. The catastrophic event involved gusty winds blowing at terrifying speeds and trees being uprooted like nobody’s business. What could have horrified any 12-year-old boy, instead, thrilled Pradeep John! The cyclone left a deep impression on the mind of this young boy and since then his love for rains and storms never waned, but only grew stronger.
Thus, began his inspiring journey. And his passion for weather steadily grew, as he monitored and recorded rainfall patterns in different regions and even started a blog to collate his findings. With time he realised that ‘weather’ was his true calling.
Weather as a career
Pradeep John firmly believes that ‘work and passion can coexist’. And he stands as the perfect example of this mantra. Besides managing a full-time job, he finds the time to follow his heart and storms.
Also, in terms of weather as a career, he makes it very clear that in India, the scope for pursuing a career in weather is quite limited, with only a handful of government agencies offering relevant courses. But according to him, if one is truly passionate about pursuing it, put in the right effort and hard work will eventually lead to success. He credits his mother for the success he has enjoyed in life as she steadfastly encouraged him every step of the way.
And like every other profession, the work of a weatherman is full of pressure too! When stress gets to Pradeep, his comfort zone is in the arms of his little daughter, and he enjoys spending time and playing with her. His absolute stress buster!
ParentCircle special: Exclusive video interview
In an exclusive conversation with ParentCircle, Pradeep John shares more about his life as a weatherman and family man!
Watch the complete video as he talks about a myriad of things including how he detests the celebrity tag word, the mounting pressure he faces to make accurate weather predictions, his 'prediction capabilities' with regards to his daughter’s behaviour, his views on Chennai weather this summer, his stories about the women in his life, his opinion on smartphones and the PUBG game, his thoughts on whether eclipses affect pregnant women and if global warming is really real. All this and much more in this ParentCircle special!
Watch the video below:
Pradeep John is a weatherman based in Tamil Nadu.
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