Weather Forecasting Using the Sixth Sense. My Way.
The five senses—sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch—all come into play when planning detailed weather forecasts.
But there are actually five additional senses that I also need to strongly consider prior to putting the finishing touches on my personal “weather-proof” forecast:
- Balance of nature
- Temperature variations
- Kinesthetic sense (tactile learning)
- Pain sensations
- Internal sense (memory, common sense, imagination)
As a naturalist, I spend much of my free time outdoors, often hiking in places where there are few distractions. This way I’m better able to focus on the subtle nuances and rhythms in the changing and evolving climate cycles; the vegetation; atmospheric effects and the interaction it has with nature and people.
I’m always trying to consciously observe:
- The sun’s various angles each season, the shallow and elongated shadows it casts
- The fury and vagaries of rain, electrical and snow storms
- Gentle, cool days
- Ice in ponds that thickens and then melts
- Effects of abundant precipitation versus droughts on success and failure of wildlife, plants and people
- Cold days and scorching heat with unbearable humidity that come and go seasonally
In summary, I watch, I touch, I taste, I smell and I hear the elements of nature unfolding each day. Together with these outdoor personal observations, I maintain a Rainwise MKIII computer-interfaced weather station and a program (Weather Simulator – WXSIM) that is written for my exact latitudinal and longitudinal coordinates. Using these data from my location as well as other atmospheric readings, I then incorporate my intangible observations into my forecasting formula:
Local data + Atmospheric Readings + Keen Sense of Environment and Nature = Sixth Sense Forecast.
Sixth Sense. My way. A unique forecasting formula developed after years of observing local weather patterns and understanding the dynamics of the atmosphere.
Biography / Credentials
Charles Miano, founder and operator of WeatherEast, holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Earth Science, with a concentration in Meteorology, from Adrian College in Adrian, Michigan.
Mr. Miano is a trained “Skywatcher” with a designation from Skywarn®, a national organization established by NOAA’s National Weather Service (NWS). “Skywatcher” weather spotters dedicate themselves to providing timely and accurate reports of severe weather and are recognized by Skywarn® as “the first line of defense against severe weather.”
Statistical data for the Central Connecticut area, compiled by Mr. Miano over a span of two decades, has been posted on Weather Underground, a national network of weather enthusiasts who share their information online at www.wunderground.com.
Prior to establishing the WeatherEast website, Mr. Miano also wrote a weekly weather column for The Herald newspaper for five years.
WeatherEast Headquarters location: New Britain, Connecticut 06053