And it sent me spinning. …
I am far from being an expert on weather. It is just that I have taught myself about earth science and found I could not understand certain things. So rather than think I am inadequate I ploughed on with it thinking:
I may not be clever but I am not stupid. Maybe I can't understand some things because they are not correct.
So I left them alone and got on with other stuff and came back to it later and realised logic could show me where things are wrong.
Consider the attraction of gravity. It is about mass. So the greater the mass the greater the attraction. Therefore a lump of lead is more attractive to other mass than a lump of ice. And mountains filled with lead ore should be attracted to the moon much more readily than large amounts of water or tiny particles of hydrogen.
Once I got over that idea, that the earth will attract any particle in, on or near it 81 times more powerfully than the moon will, I was able to think more freely.
So how does the moon pull water in tides but no the sand on the sea shore? Sand is some 3 or 4 times more dense than water.
From that I got to understand the role the moon plays in our lives.
Also when I started doing it I was angry that insurance companies could use the term Acts of God. (Not that they do, you just insure yourself for whatever chances you wish to gamble on happening and they give the odds in terms of payments and premiums.
But a terrific earthquake in the 1990's killed a lot of people in Azerbaijan or somewhere and I wanted to show that it wasn't god's fault.
All I had was a small local public library with Encyclopaedia Britannica and a couple of slightly larger ones a few miles further away with slightly different resources. One had Keesings Newspaper Archives and the other, a collection of Whitaker's Almanacs containing weather data for Britain and the lunar phases for the year each almanac came out.
Both larger ones also had microfiche files of newspapers. With the weather forecasts off them I was able to discern a certain phenomenon in the North Atlantic I thought applied to the weather when earthquakes were due.
(Bear in mind they were forecasts and prepared a long time before the printing run, which would be hours before the presses were released and the newspapers delivered.)
I was quite surprised when I finally got the Internet and found that people only wanted to abuse me for my ideas. I reacted quite badly to it as I was quite a nasty person in those days. I should have just ignored them but I had an awful lot to say and a lot more to learn.
Besides, most of the time my forecasts would go wrong leaving me in limbo, embarrassed, puzzled and very, very dejected.