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Weather by the Numbers: The Genesis of Modern Meteorology

Kristine C. Harper


For much of the first half of the twentieth century, meteorology was more art than science, dependent on an individual forecaster’s lifetime of local experience. This book tells the story of the transformation of meteorology from a “guessing science” into a sophisticated scientific discipline based on physics and mathematics. What made this possible was the development of the electronic digital computer; earlier attempts at numerical weather prediction had foundered on the human inability to solve nonlinear equations quickly enough for timely forecasting. After World War II, the combination of ... More

Keywords: nonlinear equations, World War II, observation network, digital computer, atmospheric theory, computer-assisted modeling

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780262083782
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262083782.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kristine C. Harper, author