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James Miller, Manchester District Library Director

Whether we care or not, weather happens. We cannot affect it and we cannot completely predict it. We can, however, plan for it. James Miller, Director of Manchester District Library geeks weather.

This interest goes back to childhood when James sought to quell his fear of thunder storms by reading about weather. Anxiety vanquished, he continued to study weather. Many phone apps and web sites like will provide an up-to-the minute forecast for any location you specify. James does keep an eye on these forecasts, but also recognizes that plenty of people, such as farmers who rely on the weather for their livelihood, command excellent forecasting intuition. Because there are so many moving parts to a prediction model, James considers it art not science.

The Miller family spent several years in Connecticut. When asked which he preferred in terms of weather, James responded that the weather in Connecticut is much like Michigan’s. Two differences he noted are that Michigan has more visible clouds and the people have a much better attitude about the weather. Although he failed to turn his wife onto weather, their daughter has an interest in clouds. This, however, was not the reason for their move back to Michigan.

One of James’ most memorable weather events occurred during his daughter’s first Christmas. The family was flying home to Hartford at the time of an enormous blizzard. To the surprise of passengers, their plane was able to land. But, upon arriving at their house, where the snowdrifts reached to the front door, James had to shovel a path to his home with his body. Although his daughter’s pink umbrella in the photo is adorable, James’ favorite weather is the brutally cold variety. The blizzard story is not a bad memory and was recounted with a smile and humor.

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Taken on September 12, 2013