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January 15, 2013

Clinton woman's trick skin tells her when it will rain

Nancy Mashburn rarely checks the weather forecast. The 70-year-old Clinton woman can tell if it's going to rain the old fashioned way. When her trick skin starts to act up, she knows rain is coming. "I don't know how it works," said Mashburn. "There ain't no rhyme or reason to it. It just is what it is. One minute my skin is dry. The next it's wet. That's a sure sign rain's on its way." Mashburn says she was born with the skill, and that her mother and grandmother before her could predict the weather the same way. Francis Bagwell, a physician at the University of Tennessee Medical Hospital, says there is a scientific basis for the phenomenon. "When atmospheric pressure changes, we know that the amount of fluid that falls on the skin fluctuates with it," said Bagwell. "Some individuals can actually feel that and anticipate changes in weather." Mashburn's trick skin tells her that East Tennessee can expect plenty of wet weather today. "I'm no psychic. I can just feel it. You're gonna want an umbrella today."

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