If you grew up in the 90s, then you probably saw Nguatah Francis every day on the news. He was the weatherman that all Kenyans loved. Every evening, families would gather around the black and white television screen and listen as he took them through the weather to expect the next day from different parts of Kenya. His weather predictions were right more often than not and influenced a lot of things, including dress code and travel plans.
After more than 25 years in the weather business, Nguatah Francis has officially retired. This news was shared on Twitter by the official Kenya Meteorological Department account. At the time, he was working as the Central Director of Meteorology. Previously, he was the national weather forecaster at KBC for 16 years.
Our famous #Weatherman Nguatah Francis ☁️🌦️☀️.
Today we are celebrating his Great Achievement after retirement, kindly drop your message📲/wishes or comment📝 what you remember most about him. pic.twitter.com/rCinUJO8rL
— Kenya Met Department (@MeteoKenya) September 20, 2019
This was met with a lot of good wishes from Kenyans on Twitter. Many fondly remember how Nguatah Francis used to move the weather icons around by hand when talking about different places. Others remember hilarious times that he got the weather wrong.
This man is the G.O.A.T. He even had a methali named after him: leo ni leo msema kesho ni Nguatah Francis 😃😃 https://t.co/fG1dHPbxHp
— Kinyanjui Kombani (@KKombani) September 20, 2019
This guy kept me glued to the TV for Weather Forecast!
Removing the pieces from his pocket looked like magic!
There are weathermen and then there is you Sir!
Congrats on your decades of service!@MeteoKenya pic.twitter.com/c2XtuCbzzz
— TeacherTrizah™ (@TeacherTrizah) September 20, 2019
Since he retired, the rains have been unpredictable and only maize importers seem to benefit from the uncertainty.
Please consider hiring him on a part-time basis to move the clouds into position every rainy season so we can stop the suffering.
–Signed, Nguatah Francis Fanclub
— Sura Mbaya (@surambaya) September 20, 2019
While the weather forecasting in Kenya has changed a lot over the years, Nguatah Francis remains unforgettable.
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