Forecasting a bright future!
Budding meteorologist James Liquorish could soon be up there with the likes of Michael Fish, Sian Lloyd and Ulrika Jonsson after being crowned Junior Weather Idol.
The 10-year-old, of Birstall, breezed through the final of the national competition, and will now get to visit the Met Office in London to record a DVD of his own weather bulletin.
After being shortlisted from about 75 entrants, the 10-year-old beat five other finalists to claim the title.
James said: "I was very excited – my mum was actually crying when I won.
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"I'm looking forward to going to London, I'm just waiting for an email from the Met Office to tell me when I can go."
The final was held at Alton Towers last week.
To take the title, the youngster had to present the week's weather by memorising a forecast and reciting it in front of a blank screen.
"Unfortunately there was a technical problem so we didn't get a practice," said James.
"I had to stand in front of everyone and remember a script. I also had to press the remote to change the pictures at the right time – it was tricky and I went a little bit wrong at one point, but I managed to get it back and then it went quite well."
James had to deliver his bulletin with wintry weather swirling around him in the theme park's new Ice Age 4-D cinema, which simulates ice, snow and gales for the audience. He said the experience had encouraged him to possibly pursue meteorology as a career.
"My mum and dad keep calling me 'weatherman' now and I think it's inspired me to do some more," James said.
"It's given me more confidence and shown me that I can do things if I really try."
The youngster's professional report caught the eye of the judges, who tipped him to go far in world of weather presenting.
Met Office spokeswoman Mona Lukha said: "We were extremely impressed with James' skills and the way in which he coped with the bulletin.
"Presenting the weather is not an easy task at the best of times. James did an excellent job and I'm sure he will have a very bright future."
James was joined at Alton Towers by his dad Peter, 42, mum Rebecca, 40, and sister Hannah, 13.
Rebecca said: "It was a bit nerve-wrecking to be honest with you, but he did ever so well. I think he was shocked that he actually won, I don't think he was expecting it.
"But it's given him some encouragement to stand up in front of people and talk and he's really looking forward to recording his own forecast at the Met Office."
As part of James's prize, he will present a live bulletin on national radio station, Fun Kids Radio. The competition was organised by the Met Office, ITV and Alton Towers.