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The first book of its kind in English, _Ancient Meteorology_ discusses Greek and Roman approaches and attitudes to this broad discipline, which in classical antiquity included not only 'weather', but occurrences such as earthquakes and comets that today would be regarded as geological, astronomical or seismological.
Renaissance Meteorology by Craig Martin
Call Number: SCIENCE QC855 .M37 2011
Publication Date: 2011-09-14
Martin situates the history of meteorology within the larger context of Renaissance and early modern science. The first study on Renaissance theories of weather in five decades, Renaissance Meteorology offers a novel understanding of traditional natural philosophy and its impact on the development of modern science.
The Invention of Clouds by Richard Hamblyn
Call Number: SCIENCE QC921 .H35 2002
Publication Date: 2002-08-03
In December 1802, Luke Howard delivered a lecture that was to be a defining point in natural history and meteorology. He named the clouds, classifying them in terms that remain familiar to this day: cirrus, stratus, cumulus, and nimbus... Legitimized by the elevation of this new classification and nomenclature, meteorology fast became a respectable science. Although his work is still the basis of modern meteorology, Luke Howard himself has long been overlooked. Part history of science, part cultural excavation, The Invention of Clouds is a detailed and informative examination of Howard's life and achievements.
Meteorology in America, 1800-1870 by James R. Fleming
Call Number: SCIENCE QC857.U6 F54 1990
Publication Date: 1990-10-01
Between 1800 and 1870 meteorology emerged as both a legitimate science and a government service in America. Challenging the widely held assumption that meteorologists were mere "data-gatherers" and that U.S. scientists were inferior to their European counterparts, James Rodger Fleming shows how the 1840s debate over the nature and causes of storms led to a "meteorological crusade" that would transform both theory and practice. Centrally located administrators organized hundreds of widely dispersed volunteer and military observers into systematic projects that covered the entire nation. Theorists then used these systems to "observe" weather patterns over large areas, making possible for the first time the compilation of accurate weather charts and maps. When in 1870 Congress created a federal storm-warning service under the U.S. Army Signal Office, the era of amateur scientists, volunteer observers, and adhoc organizations came to an end. But the gains had been significant, including advances in natural history and medical geography, and in understanding the general circulation of the earth's atmosphere.
Aristotle's work contained early theory on weather phenomena, including the interaction of the four elements, and explanations for earthquakes and water evaporation. Some of his ideas were right, some wrong, but either way, as the first climate theoretician, Aristotle is known as the father of meteorology.
Leonardo Da Vinci's idea for a hygrometer (a device that measures humidity in the surrounding environment).
A commercial site that also provides specific time and location weather reports, "Weather Source was founded in 2004 by experts in the industry with experience developing cutting-edge science, engineering and meteorology for some of the most respected organizations in the world in both the public and private sectors, including, energy, insurance and defense."
The first comprehensive history of its kind, Weather on the Air explores the many forces that have shaped weather broadcasts over the years, including the long-term drive to professionalize weathercasting, the complex relations between government & private forecasters, and the effects of climate-change science and the Internet on today's broadcasts.
Enlightenment inquiries into the weather sought to impose order on a force that had the power to alter human life and social conditions. British Weather and the Climate of Enlightenment reveals how a new sense of the national climate emerged in the eighteenth century from the systematic recording of the weather, and how it was deployed in discussions of the health and welfare of the population.
For much of the first half of the 20th century, meteorology was more art than science, dependent on an individual forecaster's lifetime of local experience....After World War II, the combination of an expanded observation network developed for military purposes, newly trained meteorologists, savvy about math and physics, and the nascent digital computer created a new way of approaching atmospheric theory and weather forecasting.