he progress of meteorology and related sciences Someone once said that everyone likes a good is marked by memorable occurrences: great story. Regardless of the incident, innovation, or Tweather events, technological advancements, sci- discovery, the field offers a wealth of opportunity for entific discoveries. Behind almost every one of these those recorders of the past—-the history writers. In incidents is a good story. Perhaps the story is about a the pages ahead, we decided to focus on the books person who made a difference, such as Wilson Bentley, that chronicle the important, interesting, and "The Snowflake Man"; or perhaps it is about a spe- noteworthy moments in the history of meteorology. cific weather event that left an indelible impression, That's the story behind this year's annual Book such as the great blizzard that swept through New Issue. W e hope it inspires you to find many more England in 1978; or a much broader swath of influ- stories in the events and discoveries unfolding ence, such as the impact of climate on the develop- around you, as well as in the pages of a good book. ment of European civilization. —MATTHE W GILLESPIE, BOO K REVIE W EDITOR HISTORY
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society – American Meteorological Society
Published: May 1, 2004
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