Young storm chaser beats Météo-France

Last summer alone, teenage storm-chaser Yohan Laurito captured dramatic storms on camera such as this one on his own doorstep over Six Fours Les Plages in the Var

A 20-year-old from the Var has turned his passion for storm-chasing into a career by setting up a weather forecasting service which can help vineyards and communes avert disaster from floods, hail and lightning.

The mayor of La Londe Les Maures, François de Canson, said Yohan Laur­ito was the only one to predict devastating floods in 2014 and that his advice was more accurate for the area than national forecaster Météo-France

At the time, Mr Laurito was giving his information away free on his Facebook page – but he has since started his own business.

“I’ve got a growing number of clients and, in particular, I’m attracting more and more wine growers because a storm can spell disaster for them and they need to be forewarned.

“I can be more accurate than a national service because I have several of my own stations around the department, so my measurements are very precise for my local area.”

Although he has no formal training, he has observed the weather patterns around him and provides clients with daily bulletins and alerts at any time of day or night.

He told Connexion he has always been fascinated by weather and, above all, by the beauty of electric ...

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