Le Verrier and Meteorology
As strange as it may seem, Le Verrier was arguably as interested in meteorology as in celestial mechanics, and it was in this domain that he was able to fully utilize his organizational talents, despite difficulties of all sorts, including those inevitably produced by the rigidity of his character. Beginning with his arrival at the Observatory in 1854, he started to set up an organization that would plant the seed of the current Météo-France. The great innovation was that it had become possible, thanks to this service, to effectively predict the weather, something that had been envisioned well before Le Verrier but which had never been realized on a large scale. Let us first see what the situation had been at his arrival.
KeywordsMeteorological Observation Meteorological Society International Service Meteorological Service Paris Observatory
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