Young weather forecaster's coverage of Typhoon Haiyan is an internet hit

This Is Lancashire: Young forecaster Nathan Foy Young forecaster Nathan Foy

THE forecast looks bright for a student whose weather website gained 128,000 hits during his coverage of Typhoon Haiyan.

Nathan Foy has developed an interest in climate patterns and his coverage of the devastation in the Philippines on his Force 13 website saw thousands log on for the latest updates.

The budding broadcaster was rewarded with an invitation from the BBC to Media City in Salford to see what goes on behind the scenes of some of the region’s most successful shows.

Nathan, aged 18, said: “It was quite an experience to see the studio, what goes on behind the studio and have a chat with a people who work there.”

He is studying at Diversity in Barrier-Breaking Communications, an organisation based at Bolton Market that helps people develop confidence through broadcasting.

Nathan, from Leigh, who has autism, also presents a radio show using a computer, two monitors and a microphone in his bedroom.

His coverage of Typhoon Haiyan was extensive before it struck south Asia in November.

It was the most powerful storm on record and it looked ominous from an early stage according to Nathan, who suggested such devastation could be a feature of future storms.

He said: “There was always the threat that it was going to be quite a bad storm but I don’t think anybody could have predicted it would be as bad as it was.

“It’s up for discussion at the moment. I don’t think we are seeing anything abnormal just yet. Some people say we will see fewer storms but more intense ones.”

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