Keith joined the Met Office in 1947, initially working at RAF stations around Britain. From 1964 until 1968, he was based at the London Weather Centre, except for the first half of 1966 when he was consultant to the World Meteorological Organisation in Geneva. Later (mid-1968 – mid-1969), he was in charge of the Met Office at Salalah in Oman.
Keith returned to the London Weather Centre as a forecaster (1969 – 1978) and was a BBC TV weather presenter (7th May 1972 – 19th January 1978). He also presented forecasts on BBC Radio (1971 – 1978). He was the BBC One Christmas Day weatherman twice, in 1974 and 1976. He joined former BBC TV colleagues on Nationwide to celebrate the 25th anniversary of BBC TV Weather in January 1979 – Bob Wellings interviewed past and present weather forecasters. He also joined a get-together for BBC TV Weather’s 40th anniversary in January 1994.
He was senior Met Officer at Southampton Weather Centre (1978 – 1985). During this period, he appeared on BBC South’s South Today. He was a relief weather presenter on Breakfast News in 1990.
In late-1985, Keith was based at Heathrow Airport and then returned back to the London Weather Centre until taking early retirement in 1989.
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PICTURED: Keith Best. SUPPLIED BY: Paul R. Jackson. COPYRIGHT: BBC.