There's a saying that if the weather never changes, nine out of ten people could not start a conversation.
It does consume us and here in New Zealand where the topography is so varied, the climate can change dramatically in a 30-minute car journey.
For Andy Fraser, the weather has consumed his life for 42 years because he's been monitoring it for MetService.
Story went on a tour of duty with the weather analyst as he prepares to inflate a balloon with hydrogen gas - something he's done 10,000 times before.
Watch the video for the full Story report.