Statistical Meteorology

Numerical weather prediction was not the only forecasting technique to face opposition in the 1950s. Meteorologists who advocated the use of statistics as a prediction tool also confronted significant opposition from their synoptic meteorology colleagues. The synopticians those meteorologists who met the daily challenge of preparing weather forecasts viewed statistical methods with virtually the same disdain with which they had viewed the dynamic meteorology of Vilhelm Bjerknes some 50 years...

New Look at the Energy Budget

Energy Budget Weather

By the end of the 1950s, weather modification had evolved from being a matter of changes in local weather clearing fog, preventing frost on tender young fruit, reducing hail damage, generating rain to massive plans for climate control. One of the more grandiose schemes proposed by Russian scientists was to eliminate the Arctic ice cap in an attempt to warm up the northern and very cold regions of their country to improve their habitability. While the proposal itself may have been rather...