A local Morristown East High School junior was recently recognized by his more than 3,000 Facebook followers and even Hamblen County Superintendent Dr. Perry for his accurate weather forecast.
“My love for the weather started at a young age,” Ethan Bean said. “I’ve always admired the weather in a way that most people take for granted, and I’ve always been able to appreciate its beauty and how it affects our lives.”
About three years ago Bean had a friend from church who had a personal weather station and he noticed how he was able to take exact measurements of things like temperature, wind speed, dew point and the amount of precipitation.
At the time, Bean was checking the weather on his phone or the news like the rest of us, but he was quickly captivated by the idea of having accurate information at his fingertips.
He quickly saved up a few hundred dollars and purchased his own personal weather station which currently resides in his backyard.
“In my home, I’m blessed with an absolutely incredible view focused on English Mountain and the Smokies with a large deck raised off the ground,” Bean said. “I guess I would consider it my weather-watching nest.”
Bean was interested in comparing local news and weather apps to his own readings and often found that although they can predict the general weather for the area he is in, using his own personal weather station he is able to receive accurate and precise information. sensitive information about many different types of weather.
His favorite quote comes from his favorite meteorologist, Todd Howell, “Weather is all about balance, and weather will always balance itself.”
Bean said the hardest part of predicting the weather is the fact that the personal weather station receives data and interprets it through sometimes inconsistent formulas.
For example, he said one reading might show two inches of snow in Morristown and another might show eight inches of snow. According to Bean, this is when a good meteorologist uses their own knowledge and experience of past weather patterns to make an effective and useful prediction.
The fact that the weather is constantly changing is another obstacle for forecasters, mathematical equations and computers. Bean said that’s the biggest challenge in making predictions further out from the present moment.
Bean wants to further his education in top meteorology schools like Mississippi State, UNC Asheville, Penn State or Oklahoma State.
However, he always likes to keep an open mind.
“My main dream would be to become a meteorologist, but I keep an open mind for engineering or something to do with the outdoors,” Bean said. “My mom always told me since I was a kid that I was going to be a ranger because I always loved being surrounded by nature.”