Brendan McWilliams, BSc. MBA, CMet., FRMet.S, born in Dublin in 1944, was an accomplished meteorologist, scientist and administrator. He presented the RTE radio and television weather forecasts during the 1970s, became Deputy Director of Met Eireann in the late 1980s and a Director of the European Meteorological Satellite Organisation, EUMETSAT, in the late 1990s. During his career he frequently represented Ireland at an international level within the field of meteorology and climate change. He is best known in Ireland, however, for his daily Weather Eye column, which ran in The Irish Times from 1988 until his death in 2007. A selection of his 2007 articles will appear in 2009.