Historical Essays on Meteorology 1919–1995

The Diamond Anniversary History Volume of the American Meteorological Society

  • Editors
  • James Rodger Fleming

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Dynamic Meteorology and Numerical Weather Prediction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Edward N. Lorenz
      Pages 3-19
  3. Observational Tools and Computational Devices

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 41-41
    2. Robert J. Serafin
      Pages 43-56
    3. R. R. Rogers, P. L. Smith
      Pages 57-98
    4. Frederik Nebeker
      Pages 157-178
  4. Cloud Microphysics and Dynamics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 179-179
    2. Roscoe R. Braham Jr.
      Pages 181-223
  5. Hurricanes, Convective Storms, and Lightning

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 261-261
    2. Kenneth C. Crawford, Edwin Kessler
      Pages 307-319
  6. Climatology and Hydrology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 351-351
    2. Edwin T. Engman
      Pages 395-413
  7. The Private Sector

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 415-415
    2. David B. Spiegler
      Pages 417-441
    3. Gordon D. Cartwright, Charles H. Sprinkle
      Pages 443-480
  8. Education

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 509-509
  9. Special Essays

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 555-555
    2. James R. Fleming, Simone L. Kaplan
      Pages 557-580
    3. Julie A. Burba
      Pages 581-596
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 597-617

About this book


On the occasion of its 75th anniversary, the American Meteorological Society engaged a number of eminent pioneers and leading practitioners to write about the fields they helped develop. They were joined by several professional historians of science and technology. The resulting essays constitute a substantial sampling of what has been learned since 1919 in the atmospheric sciences and services—in research, in education, and in the private sector. This volume will be of interest to weather professionals and enthusiasts, historians of science, and to students of science and history. It will help us calibrate where we are, where we have been, and where we might be going as a discipline. Hopefully it will inspire others to value the past and to dig into it more deeply. Such attention to history is a necessary step in the maturation of a scientific discipline.


atmospheric sciences weather prediction tropical cyclones physics of lightning historical meteorology

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