I believe we have an innate sense for weather. That’s because we humans used to spend most of our lives outside, even though the first houses were constructed in the neolithic, thousands of years ago.
However, we tend not to use that sense much any more, and what we don’t use, atrophies.
I like to keep an eye on the weather, especially if it gets dramatic. Or if I have the sense it could be dramatic – it’s something like an inner disquiet, a little warning that tells me to keep checking the sky.
That’s how I saw at least two funnel clouds in my life, one almost directly above me. Here is a pic:
And I only noticed because I glanced at the sky on my way home and saw a line that didn’t seem right. It wasn’t tornado weather, after all. But there it was: a funnel reaching down towards me.
And I wasn’t scared at all, just amazed and impressed. The silence was eery, too.
Nobody else even checked to look at what I was staring at.
How does that sound for a character trait? Someone who is fascinated by the weather and gets it right almost every time? I think I need to create someone like that.
Weather witch, anyone?