Harlan K. Saylor (NMC), as well as a temporary assignment as deputy 1919-1991 director of the National Weather Service, he declined offers of promotion to move permanently into higher management ranks. He preferred to stay in active Harlan K. Saylor, 71, retired National Weather Service weather forecasting. meteorologist and nationally renown weather fore- caster, died of cancer 16 February 1991. Without exaggeration, he could be called the Holmes Saylor was born 26 February 1919 in Pottstown, or the Poirot of weather forecasting. He searched out Pennsylvania, and grew up in West Chester, Pennsyl- the clues, separating the relevant from the misleading, vania. He developed his interest in meteorology as a and missed nothing. He drew standing-room-only high school student and was appointed cooperative audiences for his map discussions at NMC. observer for West Chester by George Bliss, meteor- Two examples of his careful analysis of forecast ologist-in-charge of the Weather Bureau's Philadel- problems may be of interest. A couple of days before phia office. After high school, he attended The Penn- Hurricane Agnes ravaged the East Coast, he re- sylvania State College, majoring in physics, but taking marked to me that Agnes would bring very heavy rain all the
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society – American Meteorological Society
Published: Apr 1, 1991
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