Philippe is from Boulaide (Bauschelt in Luxembourgish), a small village in the North. He studies IT at the lycée du nord in Wiltz. He will start his 13e (last year of high school) this September.
He got his first automatic weather station at the age of 10--a Christmas present from his family. He had been fascinated by weather phenomena, such as tornadoes and watched many documentaries. He was impressed with how weather services managed these situations by using special measuring instruments, and were able to keep people informed and up to date.
He taught himself how to read the data through books and documentaries, and launched his website “just for fun” in 2010. Initially, his weather reports were destined mostly for his family.
At the end of 2011, he bought a more stable weather station (“Davis Vantage Pro 2”), set up in his parent’s garden.
The start of his success story was when he made predictions of a big thunderstorm in July 2014, and many people started to share his warnings on Facebook.
“It is my passion; every morning I get up and the first thing I do is check the data. If I don’t inform people, I feel bad. It’s so much fun trying to find out why there is a certain weather, it’s very fascinating!”
Since August 2015, he has his own TV show on Apart TV, which is available through Post and Eltrona.
He explained to Delano:
“My weather station is all automatic. The mast is 10m high and stands in our garden. It measures a host of things, such as wind direction, temperature, rain, all sorts of things. The data is transferred onto a monitor in my bedroom. As I have been doing it for a few years, I can gather my own climate statistics.”
Philippe's favourite cloud formation is a cumulonimbus, defined by dictionary.com as a “a cloud of a class indicative of thunderstorm conditions, characterized by large, dense towers that often reach altitudes of 30,000 feet (9,000 metres) or more, cumuliform except for their tops, which appear fibrous because of the presence of ice crystals: occurs as a single cloud or as a group with merged bases and separate tops.”
Philippe has said that, while his family supports him wholeheartedly, his friends reacted in various ways. Some think it’s cool, but others begrudge him his success: “many of them are not my friends anymore,” Philippe said.
He plans to have more weather stations in place soon, depending on how reactive his sponsors are. “The more weather stations you have, the more accurate your predictions will be,” Philippe argues. He will certainly continue his weather predictions, but is not sure if he wants to do it professionally, as the studies take a long time. First, he plans to pass high school; he is interested in the media as well.
Here is a video of a supercell thunderstorm that Philippe did on Friday 25 August--complete with enthusiastic explanations: