Appropriating the Weather: Part IV

I have been reading Appropriating the Weather:  Vilhelm Bjerknes and The Construction of Modern Meteorology by Robert Mac Friedman.

The fourth part of this book was the beginning of the post-war meteorology environment.  After World War I (though nobody would have called it that at the time – The Great War), there was no denying the importance of meteorology as it related to military advantage.  Between ship disasters, air warfare, and long range ballistics, weather was important.

This part really highlighted the marriage between air travel and meteorology.  When the first Transatlantic flights were conducted, the folks arrived safely by chance and by the mercy of the weather.  For this to become a reliable form of transit, the meteorology would have to be understood.

Given these realizations, there was more money available for meteorology research.  However, Bjerknes and his followers had a lot of convincing to do before anyone would buy into their theories about the polar front, and how discontinuities in temperature and wind shifts were important details, not to be smoothed out.

Thank you for reading my post.

Friedman, Robert Marc.  Appropriating the Weather:  Vilhelm Bjerknes and the Construction of a Modern Meteorology.   Cornell University Press, 1989.


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