Weatherman Jacob Cope has passed out as an RAF officer and is off to a war zone – to forecast the weather.
By day Jacob, 27, of Almondbury, works as a forecaster for the Met Office in London.
But in his spare time he is an RAF Reservist and his next mission is a 13-week tour of duty to Afghanistan.
Parents Hedley and Sue and grandparents John and Mary Bolton watched proudly as Jacob, a former student at Almondbury High School, completed his passing out parade at RAF College Cranwell in Lincolnshire.
Jacob is now a flying officer in the Administrative (Meteorologist) Branch of the Queen’s Squadron.
In his day job he is a “behind the scenes” forecaster for the BBC, briefing his on-screen colleagues.
Though he has passed his screen test, his on-air forecasts have so far only been on the radio.
Currently taking part in a 1,000-mile sponsored bike ride in France, Jacob is described by mum Sue, 51, as “a bit of an action man.”
He has previously served as a forecaster in the Falklands but to serve in a war zone like Afghanistan he needed to undergo 13 weeks of training.
Sue said: “It was a very proud moment when we saw his passing out parade but it was a roller-coaster of emotions.
“It’s natural that we are going to worry about him and he has a safer job than the regulars he serves alongside.
“He is a character and a bit of an action man and we have brought him up to take the opportunities in life he is offered.
“You always worry as a parent but he is capable and will look after himself if he has to.”
Jacob will compile weather forecasts for the RAF but has been trained to fight if needed.
Sue and Hedley, 57, who have two other sons Matthew, 29, and Andrew, 24, have supported Jacob all the way.
After leaving Durham University, Jacob went to Canada for a gap year that had to be cut short and upon his return to Britain he applied for all kinds of post-graduate jobs – including one with spy agency MI6.
Jacob and friends James Salter, Joe Brooke and Emma Compton aim to finish their 14-day Roscoff to Nice ‘Ligne de France’ bike ride on Saturday (July 5).
Jacob, James and Joe are on bikes – taking in some of the Tour de France routes – while Emma provides back-up support and organisation.
The friends have so far raised more than £1,000 for Help for Heroes and the RNLI.
Just 10 days after ending the ride Jacob will be off to Afghanistan.
“He’s a difficult man to keep up with,” said Sue.
To sponsor Jacob go to www.justgiving.com/teams/lignedefrance
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