A Time of Turbulence

  • Helen Gavaghan


Lucretius sought rational, deterministic explanations for the weather. These turned out to be wrong, but one suspects that the Roman philosopher may have guessed this for himself. He wrote that it was better to venture on an incorrect rational explanation than to submit to superstition: no sacrifices for him to propitiate the gods. And no sacrifices, except of time and effort, for those who during the past hundred years or so have wrestled to turn meteorology into a science.


Weather Forecast Numerical Weather Prediction Geostationary Orbit Satellite Meteorology Weather Bureau 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1998

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  • Helen Gavaghan

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