‘Oant moarn’ no more: popular weatherman Piet Paulusma dies

Piet Paulusma in action: Photo: Siese Veenstra ANP KIPPA
Piet Paulusma in action: Photo: Siese Veenstra ANP KIPPA

Tributes have been coming in following the death of popular weatherman Piet Paulusma at the weekend. Paulusma, who was 65, had had cancer for some time but had kept his diagnosis a secret.

Paulusma debuted at Omrop Fryslân, in his native Friesland, in 1985 and then went on to SBS6 where he presented the weather from a different outside location every day for 35 years. He ended each broadcast with his trademark oant moarn (until tomorrow in Frisian).

Paulusma worked until days before his death. ‘He was incredibly brave about his illness,’ Jan Slager, director of broadcaster Max where Paulusma’s programme found a home in 2020, said. ‘He went on for as long as he could.’

Paulusma was a major promotor of his home province and the Frisian language and weather institute KNMI said he had been ‘a much valued meteorological partner’.

‘He was driven and full of passion for his subject’,  NOS weather woman Willemijn Hoebert told NOS.

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