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Man can predict weather with phantom smells

Posted on Thursday, 5 September, 2013 | Comment icon 6 comments

The man can 'smell' storms before they happen. Image Credit: CC 2.0 Christopher Woo
A man suffering from Parkinsonís has developed the peculiar ability to 'smell' upcoming storms.
A study published in the International Journal of Biometeorology has detailed the unusual case of the 64-year-old Parkinson's disease sufferer whose smell hallucinations seem directly connected to the weather. While up to a third of Parkinson's sufferers tend to experience some form of hallucinations, the predictive nature of the ones being experienced in this case are somewhat unique.

The unnamed patient's phantosmia is said to intensify approximately 2-3 hours before a storm and ranges from the smell of burnt wood to a chronic stench not dissimilar to that of a skunk. Described as the "first reported case of weather-induced exacerbation of phantosmia," the phantom smells seem to quickly disappear again once the storm has passed.

Researchers attempting to explain this predictive ability have looked at several factors, such as air pressure, but to date the exact mechanism through which the man's unique ability manifests itself is not yet fully understood.

Source: Smithsonian | Comments (6)

Tags: Prediction, Parkinson's, Weather

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Comment icon #1 Posted by Big Bad Voodoo on 5 September, 2013, 11:23
He sense disruption of magnetic field, which manifest as hallucination smell. He sense it with heart. Which deliver information to brain. Pytaghoras was able to predict earthquakes. And he is not only one. Big Bad Voodoo
Comment icon #2 Posted by moonshadow60 on 5 September, 2013, 16:20
When a thundershower is approaching sometimes you can smell it in the air, as with a snowstorm, so this is not as unusual as one would think.
Comment icon #3 Posted by stevemagegod on 5 September, 2013, 22:05
Omg its General Iroh from Avatar the Last Airbender he could also smell storms as well.
Comment icon #4 Posted by brlesq1 on 5 September, 2013, 23:58
I've known people who can "smell" a storm coming, but never like this. Poor man.
Comment icon #5 Posted by WhyDontYouBeliEveMe on 6 September, 2013, 6:29
grandmaster level ! the strom smeller !
Comment icon #6 Posted by Parsec on 7 September, 2013, 14:55
From the article "Now, the doctors didn’t actually test the patient’s weather prediction accuracy." End of the story.

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