Claire Martin (meteorologist)

Claire Martin Morehen is a former national television weather presenter with CBC Television in Canada. She is a niece of Barbara Edwards, who in 1974 became the BBC's first female weather presenter in the UK.

Claire Martin
Martin at a CBC open house in 2010
OccupationWeather presenter


As a child, Martin appeared in the video for Pink Floyd's "Another Brick in the Wall (Part II)" but did not sing.[1]

Education and career


Before emigrating to Canada, Martin worked for the UK Met Office as a forecaster, responsible for South West England. She received a Higher National Certificate with distinction in Mathematics, Statistics and Physics from the University of Reading in the United Kingdom while on day release from her job. She was later transferred to the Central Forecast Office in Bracknell, UK[2]


She moved to Canada in July 1990 and worked in a support position for Environment Canada's Meteorological Service of Canada (MSC) including positions as weather observer in Lethbridge, Alberta, and Fort Resolution, Northwest Territories. She attended the University of Alberta in Edmonton from 1993 until 1995, completing her Bachelor of Science with specialization in Meteorology. She worked on the "media bench" for Environment Canada's Northern Alberta Weather Centre.[2]

She was identified as a surplus employee during the federal government cuts in 1995. Martin took a job as a staff meteorologist and weather presenter with CITV in Edmonton in August 1996. In 2005, she moved from Edmonton to join CBC Television's news operations in Toronto. CBC introduced nationally televised weather features at that time for its news programs The National and Canada Now. In 2007, she moved to CBC's Vancouver station CBUT to host regional weather forecasts. Martin was heavily involved in assisting with weather forecasts for the Vancouver Olympics in February 2010. In September 2012, the CBC senior management consolidated weather services, and moved Martin to CBLT in Toronto to work on the local supper-time and 10 PM national newscasts.

In February 2014, she left the CBC to move back to Vancouver and work for Anaid Productions.[3]

Professional involvement

She became a member of the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (CMOS) in 1993, of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) in 1994, of the International Association of Broadcast Meteorology (IABM) in 1996, of the UK Royal Meteorological Society (RMetS) in 1998, and of the National Weather Association (NWA) in 1999. She was Chairman of the International Association of Broadcast Meteorology from 2007[4] to 2011,[5] and is currently Vice-Chairman.[6]

Awards and recognition

The International Weather Festival awarded Claire Martin the honour of "Best Weather Presenter in the World" in 2000, 2001 and 2003. The festival was produced annually by meteorologists and broadcast weather presenters from various nations and has been supported by the World Meteorological Organization.

The Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (CMOS) gave two citations to Claire Martin, one in 2011 for her excellence in producing Radio and Television Weather presentations especially hosting of two CBC Radio hour-long weather programming specials which were instrumental in educating the public in the science of meteorology and forecasting. In 2004 she received a CMOS citation for showing outstanding skills in bringing day-to-day weather and its impacts to people in a clear, simple and entertaining manner on Global TV in Edmonton AB.

Entering into politics

Martin ran for election as the Green Party of Canada candidate for the riding of North Vancouver for the 42nd Canadian federal election which occurred on 19 October 2015.[7] Martin challenged the seat held by Conservative MP Andrew Saxton. Martin came in third place, losing to Liberal candidate Jonathan Wilkinson, who won with over 50% of the vote.

2015 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes%±%Expenditures
LiberalJonathan Wilkinson36,45856.65+26.94
ConservativeAndrew Saxton17,30126.88-20.68
GreenClaire Martin5,3508.31+3.08
New DemocraticCarleen Thomas5,0157.79-9.07
LibertarianIsmet Yetisen1360.21
IndependentPayam Azad940.15
Total valid votes/Expense limit 64,354100.0 $218,801.55
Total rejected ballots 218
Turnout 64,572
Eligible voters 84,093
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing +23.81%
Source: Elections Canada[8][9][10]


  1. "On The Coast, CBC Radio One". CBC Radio One. 5 June 2008.
  2. "Claire Martin profile". International Association of Broadcast Meteorology. Archived from the original on 7 March 2014. Retrieved 18 November 2007. Indicates BSc with Meteorology specialisation.
  3. Marc Weisblott (20 February 2014). "CBC meteorologist Claire Martin quits the weather".
  4. "Minutes: 2007 AGM" (PDF). International Association of Broadcast Meteorology. 3 October 2007. Archived from the original (PDF) on 7 March 2014. Retrieved 7 March 2014.
  5. "Minutes: 2011 AGM" (PDF). International Association of Broadcast Meteorology. 15 September 2011. Archived from the original (PDF) on 7 March 2014. Retrieved 7 March 2014.
  6. "The Board". International Association of Broadcast Meteorology. Archived from the original on 7 March 2014. Retrieved 18 November 2007.
  7. "North Vancouver". Green Party of Canada. Retrieved 3 July 2015.
  8. Elections Canada – Confirmed candidates for North Vancouver, 30 September 2015
  9. Elections Canada – Preliminary Election Expenses Limits for Candidates Archived 15 August 2015 at the Wayback Machine
  10. "Résultats du soir d'élection - Circonscriptions".

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