Jet Stream Revisited It was also planned to use Mosquitoes for meteorologi- cal reconnaissance over the South China Sea. I was in Professor Phillips writes in the July issue of the eastern China during July-August 1945 to help imple- Bulletin (p. 1433) that "Knowledge of strong winds ment these plans and it was then certainly well known over Europe—what we now call the 'jet stream'— that very strong upper winds could be expected. seems to have been held in tight security by upper-air The term "jet stream" must have been coined by forecasters in England in the early 1940s even among some person, but the phenomenon does not seem to other Allied weather forecasters." This surmise is not have been a secret at any time, nor do I think can any quite correct. What was held in tight security was not individual be credited with its discovery. Knowledge knowledge of these winds, but the fact that the English about it just emerged gradually and became commonly had broken the German codes and that this allowed al- known as more upper data became available from a lied meteorologists to be aware of relevant synoptic variety of sources. situations over Europe.
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society – American Meteorological Society
Published: Dec 1, 1999
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