The sun is about to set on the career of WIN News weatherman Peter Byrne.
The sun is about to set on the career of WIN News weatherman Peter Byrne. Sharyn O'Neill / The Morning Bulletin

Peter Byrne retires from WIN News

TOOWOOMBA's most recognisable weatherman is folding away his synoptic map after more than 20 years in the business.

WIN News weather presenter Peter Byrne will issue his final forecast on Friday night.

His viewers were the first to know as he announced it on Monday night's news.

WIN State News director Phil Hind said Mr Byrne was something of a rarity on Australian television - a weather presenter with a thorough understanding of his subject.

Before ever setting foot inside a TV studio,Peter had spent 30 years with the Bureau of Meteorology.

"Peter has become a part of our lives and his knowledge has helped shepherd communities through some of the worst Mother Nature has dished up over the years," Mr Hind said.

"Peter has never sensationalised his forecasts.

"He has always known that what the people of regional Queensland need more than anything is the unvarnished facts."

Over his 22 years with WIN News, Peter Byrne has helped mentor generations of young journalists.

"Those who work with Peter all agree that what they'll miss most is the generosity of an old school gentleman," said WIN Queensland general manager Andrew Vautier.

"He will be greatly missed and we all wish him well in the future."

Toowoomba's Kathryn Doyle will deliver the weather until a new presenter is found.



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