Many years ago, I wrote to the AMS regarding the scarcity of Weather Bureau employees (and espe- cially operational employees) in the governing body of the AMS. By the governing body, I included elected officers as well as committees, boards, commissions, editors, and staff. I did not retain the correspondence, but I believe only 3%-4% were Weather Bureau employees in the approximately 250 AMS positions. Dr. M. Neiburger, AMS president (1962-63) at the time, responded that I "must be wrong," which I construed to mean I could not count. I attempted to duplicate my previous feat, counting National Weather Service personnel in the 1994 AMS governing body. This was quite a bit more difficult since the National Weather Service now includes organizations not remotely concerned with opera- tional weather. Also, should the National Environmen- tal Satellite Service staff be included? Climatology was then part of the Weather Bureau, so should personnel from the National Climate Center be counted? I examine d each person and his/her profes- Second Edition sional affiliation with each position as objectively as possible. Sixty-one members of the governing body This quintessential publication in qualified as probable "Weather Bureau types," which the field of hydrology contains nearly is about 10% and a great improvement (from my 1800 terms in English, French, Russian, standpoint). I would imagine that Weather Bureau and Spanish, with their definitions, types account for about 10% of the AMS total member- alphabetical indexes, and the Universal ship. Decimal Classification for hydrology. While the title of the publication remains I also counted the number of military personnel in the same as that of the first edition published the governing body. I found only 1.5% belonged to in 1974, the content has been expanded to include branches of the armed forces. new and scientific developments, such as the My point now, as it was some 30-odd years ago, is greater use of remote sensing. Although its that the field of meteorology is very broad and varied, emphasis remains on surface water and and every segment needs to be represented by an groundwater hydrology, this new edition reflects the broader scope of WMO's and organization and to be supported by that organization. UNESCO's programs in hydrology Each segment of the profession needs a voice in the and water resofflfces, governing body or it becomes inactive in the organiza- tion. This is not only detrimental to members of that segment—in the long run, it is also harmful to the organization. Operational people are difficult to con- tact, have few communications and clerical facilities available, and may be unable to devote office time to organizational activities. Nonetheless, they have much to contribute, and it behooves the organization to make use of those talents. JERROLD A . LA RUE 1992: softbound, 413 pp. $67, includes shipping and handling. Please send prepaid orders to: WMO Publications Center, NORT H BAY WEATHER SERVICES American Meteorological Society, 45 Beacon Street, Boston, 555 0 Ri o VIDA LANE MA 02108-3693. (Orders from U.S. and Canada only). SEBASTOPOL, C A 9547 2 Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society 55
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Published: Jan 1, 1995
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