Timeline of meteorology

Timeline of meteorology

The timeline of meteorology contains events of scientific and technological advancements in the area of atmospheric sciences. The most notable advancements in observational meteorology, weather forecasting, climatology, atmospheric chemistry, and atmospheric physics are listed chronologically. Some historical weather events are included that mark time periods where advancements were made, or even that sparked policy change.

Early events

* 350 BC - Aristotle wrote "Meteorology".:Although the term meteorology is used today to describe a subdiscipline of the atmospheric sciences, Aristotle's work is more general. The work touches upon much of what is known as the earth sciences. In his own words:::"...all the affections we may call common to air and water, and the kinds and parts of the earth and the affections of its parts."cite book |last=Aristotle |title=Meteorology |origdate=350 B.C.E |url=http://etext.library.adelaide.edu.au/a/aristotle/meteorology/ |year=2004 |publisher=eBooks@Adelaide |location=The University of Adelaide Library, University of Adelaide, South Australia 5005 |quote=Translated by E. W. Webster] :One of the most impressive achievements in "Meteorology" is his description of what is now known as the hydrologic cycle:::"Now the sun, moving as it does, sets up processes of change and becoming and decay, and by its agency the finest and sweetest water is every day carried up and is dissolved into vapour and rises to the upper region, where it is condensed again by the cold and so returns to the earth."

* 25 AD - Pomponius Mela, a geographer for the Roman empire, formalized the climatic zone system. [cite web| url = http://www.paleorama.com/timelines/geography.html| title = Timeline of geography, paleontology| format = HTML| publisher = Paleorama.com| quote = Following the path of Discovery]

* c. 80 AD - In his "Lun Heng" (論衡; Critical Essays), the Han Dynasty Chinese philosopher Wang Chong (27-97 AD) dispels the Chinese myth of rain coming from the heavens, and states that rain is evaporated from water on the earth into the air and forms clouds, stating that clouds condense into rain and also form dew, and says when the clothes of people in high mountains are moistened, this is because of the air-suspended rain water.Needham, Joseph (1986). "Science and Civilization in China: Volume 3, Mathematics and the Sciences of the Heavens and the Earth". Taipei: Caves Books Ltd.] However, Wang Chong supports his theory by quoting a similar one of Gongyang Gao's, the latter's commentary on the "Spring and Autumn Annals" compiled in the 2nd century BC, showing that the Chinese conception of rain evaporating and rising to form clouds goes back much farther than Wang Chong. Wang Chong wrote:::"As to this coming of rain from the mountains, some hold that the clouds carry the rain with them, dispersing as it is precipitated (and they are right). Clouds and rain are really the same thing. Water evaporating upwards becomes clouds, which condense into rain, or still further into dew."

Middle Ages

* 9th century - Al-Kindi (Alkindus), an Arab naturalist, wrote a treatise on meteorology entitled "Risala fi l-Illa al-Failali l-Madd wa l-Fazr" ("Treatise on the Efficient Cause of the Flow and Ebb"), in which he presents an argument on tides which "depends on the changes which take place in bodies owing to the rise and fall of temperature." [http://www.muslimheritage.com/day_life/default.cfm?ArticleID=691&Oldpage=1 Al-Kindi] , FSTC] He is the first to employ an experimental method in the field, and he describes the following clear and precise laboratory experiment in order to prove his argument:Plinio Prioreschi, "Al-Kindi, A Precursor Of The Scientific Revolution", "Journal of the International Society for the History of Islamic Medicine", 2002 (2): 17-19 [17] ] ::"One can also observe by the senses... how in consequence of extreme cold air changes into water. To do this, one takes a glass bottle, fills it completely with snow, and closes its end carefully. Then one determines its weight by weighing. One places it in a container… which has previously been weighed. On the surface of the bottle the air changes into water, and appears upon it like the drops on large porous pitchers, so that a considerable amount of water gradually collects inside the container. One then weighs the bottle, the water and the container, and finds their weight greater than previously, which proves the change. [...] Some foolish persons are of opinion that the snow exudes through the glass. This is impossible. There is no process by which water or snow can be made to pass through glass."

* 9th century - Al-Dinawari, a Kurdish naturalist, writes the "Kitab al-Nabat" ("Book of Plants"), in which he deals with the application of meteorology to agriculture during the Muslim Agricultural Revolution. He describes the meteorological character of the sky, the planets and constellations, the sun and moon, the lunar phases indicating seasons and rain, the "anwa" (heavenly bodies of rain), and atmospheric phenomena such as winds, thunder, lightning, snow, floods, valleys, rivers, lakes, wells and other sources of water.citation|last=Fahd|first=Toufic|contribution=Botany and agriculture|pages=815, in Harvard reference |last1=Morelon |first1=Régis |last2=Rashed |first2=Roshdi |year=1996 |title=Encyclopedia of the History of Arabic Science |volume=3 |publisher=Routledge |isbn=0415124107]

* 10th century - Ibn Wahshiyya's "Nabatean Agriculture" discusses the weather forecasting of atmospheric changes and signs from the planetary astral alterations; signs of rain based on observation of the lunar phases, nature of thunder and lightning, direction of sunrise, behaviour of certain plants and animals, and weather forecasts based on the movement of winds; pollenized air and winds; and formation of winds and vapours. [citation|last=Fahd|first=Toufic|contribution=Botany and agriculture|pages=842, in Harv|Morelon|Rashed|1996|pp=813-52]

* 10th century - As weather forecasting predictions and the measurement of time and the onset of seasons became more precise and reliable, Muslim agriculturalists became informed of these advances and often employed them in agriculture, making it possible for them to plan the growth of each of their crops at specific times of the year.Zohor Idrisi (2005), [http://www.muslimheritage.com/uploads/AgricultureRevolution2.pdf The Muslim Agricultural Revolution and its influence on Europe] , FSTC]

* Early 11th century - Avicenna, a Persian scientist and polymath, invents the air thermometer. [Robert Briffault (1938). "The Making of Humanity", p. 191]

* 1021 - Ibn al-Haytham (Alhazen), an Iraqi scientist, introduces the scientific method in his "Book of Optics".Rosanna Gorini (2003). "Al-Haytham the Man of Experience. First Steps in the Science of Vision", "International Society for the History of Islamic Medicine". Institute of Neurosciences, Laboratory of Psychobiology and Psychopharmacology, Rome, Italy.] He writes on the atmospheric refraction of light, for example, the cause of morning and evening twilight.Dr. Mahmoud Al Deek. "Ibn Al-Haitham: Master of Optics, Mathematics, Physics and Medicine, "Al Shindagah", November-December 2004.] He endeavored by use of hyperbola and geometric optics to chart and formulate basic laws on atmospheric refraction.Sami Hamarneh (March 1972). Review of Hakim Mohammed Said, "Ibn al-Haitham", "Isis" 63 (1), p. 119.] He provides the first correct definition of the twilight, discusses atmospheric refraction, shows that the twilight is due to atmospheric refraction and only begins when the Sun is 19 degrees below the horizon, and uses a complex geometric demonstration to measure the height of the Earth's atmosphere as 52,000 "passuum" (49 miles), [citation|first=H. Howard|last=Frisinger|title=Aristotle's Legacy in Meteorology|journal=Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society|volume=3|issue=3|date=March 1973|pages=198–204 [201] ] [George Sarton, "Introduction to the History of Science" (cf. Dr. A. Zahoor and Dr. Z. Haq (1997), [http://www.cyberistan.org/islamic/Introl1.html Quotations from Famous Historians of Science] )] which is very close to the modern measurement of 50 miles. He also realized that the atmosphere also reflects light, from his observations of the sky brightening even before the Sun rises.Bradley Steffens (2006), "Ibn al-Haytham: First Scientist", [http://www.ibnalhaytham.net/custom.em?pid=673906 Chapter Five] , Morgan Reynolds Publishing, ISBN 1599350246]

* 1020s - Ibn al-Haytham publishes his "Risala fi l-Daw’" ("Treatise on Light") as a supplement to his "Book of Optics". He discusses the meteorology of the rainbow, the density of the atmosphere, and various celestial phenomena, including the eclipse, twilight and moonlight. [Dr. Nader El-Bizri, "Ibn al-Haytham or Alhazen", in Josef W. Meri (2006), "Medieval Islamic Civilization: An Encyclopaedia", Vol. II, p. 343-345, Routledge, New York, London.]

* 1027 - Avicenna publishes "The Book of Healing", in which Part 2, Section 5, contains his essay on mineralogy and meteorology in six chapters: formation of mountains; the advantages of mountains in the formation of clouds; sources of water; origin of earthquakes; formation of minerals; and the diversity of earth’s terrain. [Toulmin, S. and Goodfield, J. (1965), "The Ancestry of science: The Discovery of Time", Hutchinson & Co., London, p. 64 (cf. [http://muslimheritage.com/topics/default.cfm?ArticleID=319 Contribution of Ibn Sina to the development of Earth Sciences] )] He also describes the structure of a meteor, and his theory on the formation of metals combined Geber's sulfur-mercury theory from Islamic alchemy (although he was critic of alchemy) with the mineralogical theories of Aristotle and Theophrastus.citation|last=Seyyed Hossein Nasr|title=The achievements of IBN SINA in the field of science and his contributions to its philosophy|journal=Islam & Science|volume=1|date=December 2003] His scientific methodology of field observation was also original in the Earth sciences.cite web|author=Munim M. Al-Rawi and Salim Al-Hassani|title=The Contribution of Ibn Sina (Avicenna) to the development of Earth sciences|publisher=FSTC|url=http://www.muslimheritage.com/uploads/ibnsina.pdf|month=November | year=2002|accessdate=2008-07-01|format=PDF]

* Late 11th century - Abu 'Abd Allah Muhammad ibn Ma'udh, who lived in Al-Andalus, wrote a work on optics later translated into Latin as "Liber de crepisculis", which was mistakenly attributed to Alhazen. This was a short work containing an estimation of the angle of depression of the sun at the beginning of the morning twilight and at the end of the evening twilight, and an attempt to calculate on the basis of this and other data the height of the atmospheric moisture responsible for the refraction of the sun's rays. Through his experiments, he obtained the accurate value of 18°, which comes close to the modern value. [citation|title=The Authorship of the Liber de crepusculis, an Eleventh-Century Work on Atmospheric Refraction|first=A. I.|last=Sabra|author-link=A. I. Sabra|journal=Isis|volume=58|issue=1|date=Spring 1967|pages=77-85 [77] ]

* 1088 - In his "Dream Pool Essays" (梦溪笔谈), the Chinese scientist Shen Kuo wrote vivid descriptions of tornadoes, that rainbows were formed by the shadow of the sun in rain, occurring when the sun would shine upon it, and the curious common phenomena of the effect of lightning that, when striking a house, would merely scorch the walls a bit but completely melt to liquid all metal objects inside.

* 1121 - Al-Khazini, a Muslim scientist of Byzantine Greek descent, publishes the "The Book of the Balance of Wisdom", the first study on the hydrostatic balance. [Robert E. Hall (1973). "Al-Biruni", "Dictionary of Scientific Biography", Vol. VII, p. 336.]

* 1200s - Qutb al-Din al-Shirazi and his student Kamāl al-Dīn al-Fārisī continued the work of Ibn al-Haytham, and they were the first to give the correct explanations for the rainbow phenomenon. [MacTutor|id=Al-Farisi|title=Al-Farisi]

* 1441 - King Sejongs son, Prince Munjong, invented the first standardized rain gauge. These were sent throughout the Joseon Dynasty of Korea as an official tool to assess land taxes based upon a farmer's potential harvest.

* 1450 - Leone Battista Alberti developed a swinging-plate anemometer, and is known as the first "anemometer".cite book |last=Jacobson |first=Mark Z. |title=Fundamentals of Atmospheric Modeling |format=paperback |edition=2nd |year=2005 |month=June |publisher=Cambridge University Press |location=New York |isbn=9780521548656 |pages=828] :: - Nicolas Cryfts, (Nicolas of Cusa), described the first hair hygrometer to measure humidity. The design was drawn by Leonardo da Vinci, referencing Cryfts design in "da Vinci's Codex Atlanticus".

* 1494 Christopher Columbus experience a tropical cyclone, leads to the first written European account of a hurricane. [Morison, Samuel Eliot,"Admiral of the Ocean Sea: A Life of Cristopher Columbus", Boston, 1942, page 617.]

17th century

* 1607 - Galileo Galilei constructs a thermoscope. Not only did this device measure temperature, but it represented a paradigm shift. Up to this point, heat and cold were believed to be qualities of Aristotle's elements (fire, water, air, and earth). "Note: There is some controversy about who actually built this first thermoscope. There is some evidence for this device being independently built at several different times." This is the era of the first recorded meteorological observations. As there was no standard measurement, they were of little use until the work of Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit and Anders Celsius in the 18th century.
* 1611 - Johannes Kepler writes the first scientific treatise on snow crystals: "Strena Seu de Nive Sexangula (A New Year's Gift of Hexagonal Snow)". [ [http://www.its.caltech.edu/~atomic/snowcrystals/earlyobs/earlyobs.htm Highlights in the study of snowflakes and snow crystals] ]
* 1620 - Francis Bacon (philosopher) analyzes the scientific method in his philosophical work; Novum Organum. [ [http://www.constitution.org/bacon/nov_org.htm New Organon] (1863 English translation)]
* 1643 - Evangelista Torricelli invents the mercury barometer.
* 1648 - Blaise Pascal rediscovers that atmospheric pressure decreases with height, and deduces that there is a vacuum above the atmosphere. [Florin to Pascal, September 1647,"Œuves completes de Pascal", 2:682.]
* 1654 - Ferdinando II de Medici establishes the first "weather observing" network, that consisted of meteorological stations in Florence, Cutigliano, Vallombrosa, Bologna, Parma, Milan, Innsbruck, Osnabruck, Paris and Warsaw. Collected data was centrally sent to Florence at regular time intervals. [Raymond S. Bradley, Philip D. Jones, "Climate Since A.D. 1500", Routledge, 1992, ISBN 0415075939, p.144]
* 1662 - Sir Christopher Wren invented the mechanical, self-emptying, tipping bucket rain gauge. [ Thomas Birch's "History of the Royal Society" is one of the most important sources of our knowledge not only of the origins of the Society, but also the day to day running of the Society. It is in these records that the majority of Wren’s scientific works are recorded.]
* 1667 - Robert Hooke builds another type of anemometer, called a pressure-plate anemometer.
* 1686 - Edmund Halley presents a systematic study of the trade winds and monsoons and identifies solar heating as the cause of atmospheric motions.:: - Edmund Halley establishes the relationship between barometric pressure and height above sea level. [Cook, Alan H., "Edmond Halley: Charting the Heavens and the Seas" (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1998)]

18th century

* 1716 - Edmund Halley suggests that aurorae are caused by "magnetic effluvia" moving along the Earth's magnetic field lines.
* 1724 - Gabriel Fahrenheit creates reliable scale for measuring temperature with a mercury-type thermometer. [Grigull, U., Fahrenheit, a Pioneer of Exact Thermometry. Heat Transfer, 1966, The Proceedings of the 8th International Heat Transfer Conference, San Francisco, 1966, Vol. 1.]
* 1735 - The first "ideal" explanation of global circulation was the study of the Trade winds by George Hadley. [George Hadley, “Concerning the cause of the general trade winds,” Philosophical Transactions, vol. 39 (1735).]
* 1738 - Daniel Bernoulli publishes "Hydrodynamics", initiating the kinetic theory of gases. He gave a poorly detailed equation of state, but also the basic laws for the theory of gases. [MacTutor Biography|id=Bernoulli_Daniel]
* 1742 - Anders Celsius, a Swedish astronomer, proposed the Celsius temperature scale which led to the current Celsius scale. [Beckman, Olof, [http://www.astro.uu.se/history/Celsius_scale.html History of the Celsius temperature scale.] , "translated", Anders Celsius (Elementa,84:4,2001); "English"]
* 1743 - Benjamin Franklin is prevented from seeing a lunar eclipse by a hurricane, he decides that cyclones move in a contrary manner to the winds at their periphery. Dorst, Neal, [http://www.aoml.noaa.gov/hrd/tcfaq/J6.html FAQ:_Hurricanes,_Typhoons,_and_Tropical_Cyclones:_Hurricane_Timeline] , [http://www.aoml.noaa.gov/hrd/ Hurricane_Research_Division,_Atlantic_Oceanographic_and_Meteorological_Laboratory,_NOAA] , "January 2006".]
* 1761 - Joseph Black discovers that ice absorbs heat without changing its temperature when melting.
* 1772 - Black's student Daniel Rutherford discovers nitrogen, which he calls "phlogisticated air", and together they explain the results in terms of the phlogiston theory. [ [http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/genesis/search/$-search-results.cfm?CCODE=2476 Biographical note at “Lectures and Papers of Professor Daniel Rutherford (1749–1819), and Diary of Mrs Harriet Rutherford”] .]
* 1777 - Antoine Lavoisier discovers oxygen and develops an explanation for combustion. ["Sur la combustion en général" ("On Combustion in general," 1777) and "Considérations Générales sur la Nature des Acides" ("General Considerations on the Nature of Acids," 1778).]
* 1783 - In Lavoisier's book "Reflexions sur le phlogistique" [Lavoisier, ("Reflections on Phlogiston," 1783).] , he deprecates the phlogiston theory and proposes a caloric theory. [Lavoisier, Antoine, "Elements of Chemistry", Dover Publications Inc., New York, NY,1965, 511 pages.] [The 1880 edition of A Guide to the Scientific Knowledge of Things Familiar, a 19th century educational science book, explained heat transfer in terms of the flow of caloric.]
* 1783 - First hair hygrometer demonstrated. The inventor was Horace-Bénédict de Saussure.

19th century

* 1800 - The Voltaic pile was the first modern electric battery, invented by Alessandro Volta, which led to later inventions like the telegraph.
* 1802-1803 - Luke Howard writes "On the Modification of Clouds" in which he assigns cloud types Latin names.
* 1804 - Sir John Leslie observes that a matte black surface radiates heat more effectively than a polished surface, suggesting the importance of black body radiation.
* 1806 - Francis Beaufort introduces his system for classifying wind speeds.
* 1808 - John Dalton defends caloric theory in "A New System of Chemistry" and describes how it combines with matter, especially gases; he proposes that the heat capacity of gases varies inversely with atomic weight.
* 1810 - Sir John Leslie freezes water to ice artificially.
* 1819 - Pierre Louis Dulong and Alexis Thérèse Petit give the Dulong-Petit law for the specific heat capacity of a crystal.
* 1820 - John Herapath develops some ideas in the kinetic theory of gases but mistakenly associates temperature with molecular momentum rather than kinetic energy; his work receives little attention other than from Joule.
* 1822 - Joseph Fourier formally introduces the use of dimensions for physical quantities in his "Theorie Analytique de la Chaleur".
* 1824 - Sadi Carnot analyzes the efficiency of steam engines using caloric theory; he develops the notion of a reversible process and, in postulating that no such thing exists in nature, lays the foundation for the second law of thermodynamics.
* 1827 - Robert Brown discovers the Brownian motion of pollen and dye particles in water.
* 1832 - An electromagnetic telegraph was created by Baron Schilling.
* 1834 - Émile Clapeyron popularises Carnot's work through a graphical and analytic formulation.
* 1835 - Gaspard-Gustave Coriolis publishes theoretical discussions of machines with revolving parts and their efficiency, for example the efficiency of waterweels. At the end of the 19th century, meteorologists recognized that the way the Earth's rotation is taken into account in meteorology is analogous to what Coriolis discussed: an example of Coriolis Effect.
* 1836 - An American scientist, Dr. David Alter, invented the first known American electric telegraph in Elderton, Pennsylvania, one year before the much more popular Morse telegraph was invented.
* 1837 - Samuel Morse independently developed an electrical telegraph, an alternative design that was capable of transmitting over long distances using poor quality wire. His assistant, Alfred Vail, developed the Morse code signalling alphabet with Morse. The first electric telegram using this device was sent by Morse on May 24, 1844 from the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. to the B&O Railroad "outer depot" in Baltimore and sent the message:::"What hath God wrought"
* 1839 - The "first commercial" electrical telegraph was constructed by Sir William Fothergill Cooke and entered use on the Great Western Railway. Cooke and Wheatstone patented it in May 1837 as an alarm system.
* 1841 - Elias Loomis the first person known to attempt to devise a theory on frontal zones, and prepared some of the first known weather maps. The idea of fronts did not catch on until expanded upon by the Norwegians in the years following World War I. [David M. Schultz. " [http://www.cimms.ou.edu/~schultz/sanders/sanders.pdf Perspectives on Fred Sanders's Research on Cold Fronts] ", 2003, revised, 2004, 2006, p. 5. Retrieved on 2006-07-14.]
* 1843 - John James Waterston fully expounds the kinetic theory of gases, but is ridiculed and ignored.:: - James Prescott Joule experimentally finds the mechanical equivalent of heat.:: - Lucien Vidie invented the aneroid, "from Greek meaning without liquid," barometer.
* 1846 - Cup anemometer invented by Dr. John Thomas Romney Robinson.
* 1847 - Hermann von Helmholtz publishes a definitive statement of the conservation of energy, the first law of thermodynamics.
* 1848 - William Thomson extends the concept of absolute zero from gases to all substances.
* 1849 - Smithsonian Institution begins to establish an observation network across the United States, with 150 observers via telegraph, under the leadership of Joseph Henry. [Millikan, Frank Rives, [http://www.si.edu/archives/ihd/jhp/joseph03.htm JOSEPH_HENRY:_Father_of_Weather_Service] , 1997, Smithsonian Institution] :: - William John Macquorn Rankine calculates the correct relationship between saturated vapour pressure and temperature using his "hypothesis of molecular vortices".
* 1850 - Rankine uses his "vortex" theory to establish accurate relationships between the temperature, pressure, and density of gases, and expressions for the latent heat of evaporation of a liquid; he accurately predicts the surprising fact that the apparent specific heat of saturated steam will be negative.:: - Rudolf Clausius gives the first clear joint statement of the first and second law of thermodynamics, abandoning the caloric theory, but preserving Carnot's principle.
* 1852 - Joule and Thomson demonstrate that a rapidly expanding gas cools, later named the Joule-Thomson effect.
* 1854 - The French astronomer Leverrier showed that a storm in the Black Sea could be followed across Europe and would have been predictable if the telegraph had been used. A service of storm forecasts was established a year later by the Paris Observatory.:: - Rankine introduces his "thermodynamic function", later identified as entropy.
* 1859 - James Clerk Maxwell discovers the distribution law of molecular velocities.
* 1860 - Robert FitzRoy uses the new telegraph system to gather daily observations from across England and produces the first synoptic charts. He also coined the term "weather forecast" and his were the first ever daily weather forecasts to be published in this year.:: - After establishment in 1849, 500 U.S. telegraph stations are now making weather observations and submitting them back to the Smithsonian Institution. The observations are later interrupted by the American Civil War.
* 1865 - Josef Loschmidt applies Maxwell's theory to estimate the number-density of molecules in gases, given observed gas viscosities.:: - Manila Observatory founded in the Philippines.
* 1869 - Joseph Lockyer starts the scientific journal Nature.
* 1870 - Benito Vines becomes the head of the Meteorological Observatory at Belen in Havana, Cuba. He develops the first observing network in Cuba and creates some of the first hurricane-related forecasts.
* 1872 - Ludwig Boltzmann states the Boltzmann equation for the temporal development of distribution functions in phase space, and publishes his H-theorem.
* 1873 - International Meteorological Organization formed in Vienna.:: - United States Army Signal Corp, forerunner of the National Weather Service, issues its first hurricane warning.
* 1876 - Josiah Willard Gibbs publishes the first of two papers (the second appears in 1878) which discuss phase equilibria, statistical ensembles, the free energy as the driving force behind chemical reactions, and chemical thermodynamics in general.
* 1881 - Finnish Meteorological Central Office was formed from part of Magnetic Observatory of Helsinki University.
* 1889 - India Meteorological Department established following tropical cyclone and monsoon related famines in the previous decades.
* 1890 - US Weather Bureau is created as a civilian operation under the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
* 1892 - William Henry Dines invented another kind of anemometer, called the pressure-tube (Dines) anemometer. His device measured the difference in pressure arising from wind blowing in a tube versus that blowing across the tube.:: - The first mention of the term "El Niño" to refer to climate occurs when Captain Camilo Carrilo told the Geographical society congress in Lima that Peruvian sailors named the warm northerly current "El Niño" because it was most noticeable around Christmas.
* 1896 - Svante Arrhenius proposes carbon dioxide as a key factor to explain the ice ages.
* 1898 - US Weather Bureau established a hurricane warning network at Kingston, Jamaica.

20th century

* 1902 - Richard Assmann and Léon Teisserenc de Bort, two European scientists, independently discovered the stratosphere. [cite book |last=Reynolds |first=Ross |title=Guide to Weather |format=paperback |year=2005 |publisher=Firefly Books Ltd. |location=Buffalo, NY |isbn=1554071100 |pages=208]
* 1904 - Vilhelm Bjerknes presents the vision that forecasting the weather is feasible based on mathematical methods.
* 1905 - Australian Bureau of Meteorology established by a Meteorology Act to unify existing state meteorological services.
* 1919 - Norwegian Cyclone Model introduced for the first time in meteorological literature. Marks a revolution in the way the atmosphere is conceived and immediately starts leading to improved forecasts. [ [http://www.srh.weather.gov/srh/jetstream/synoptic/cyclone.htm Norwegian_Cyclone_Model] , webpage from NOAA Jetstream online school for weather.] Sakuhei Fujiwhara is the first to note that hurricanes move with the larger scale flow, and later publishes a paper on the Fujiwara Effect in 1921.
* 1920 - Milutin Milanković proposes that long term climatic cycles may be due to changes in the eccentricity of the Earth's orbit and changes in the Earth's obliquity.
* 1922 - Lewis Fry Richardson organises the first numerical weather prediction experiment.
* 1923 - The oscillation effects of ENSO were first "erroneously" described by Sir Gilbert Thomas Walker from whom the Walker circulation takes its name; now an important aspect of the "Pacific ENSO" phenomenon.
* 1924 - Gilbert Walker first coined the term "Southern Oscillation".
* 1930, January 30 - Pavel Molchanov invents and launches the first radiosonde. Named "271120", it was released 13:44 Moscow Time in Pavlovsk, USSR from the Main Geophysical Observatory, reached a height of 7.8 kilometers measuring temperature there (-40.7 °C) and sent the first aerological message to the Leningrad Weather Bureau and Moscow Central Forecast Institute. [cite web|work=EpizodSpace|title=75th anniversary of starting aerological observations in Russia|language = Russian|url=http://epizodsspace.testpilot.ru/bibl/stati/molchanov.html]
* 1935 - IMO decides on the 30 years normal period (1900-1930) to describe the climate.
* 1937 - The U.S. Army Air Forces Weather Service was established (redesignated in 1946 as AWS-Air Weather Service).
* 1938 - Guy Stewart Callendar first to propose global warming from carbon dioxide emissions.
* 1939 - Rossby waves were first identified in the atmosphere by Carl-Gustaf Arvid Rossby who explained their motion. Rossby waves are a subset of inertial waves.
* 1941 - Pulsed radar network is implemented in England during WWII. Generally during the war, operators started noticing echoes from weather elements such as rain and snow.
* 1943 - 10 years after flying into the Washington Hoover Airport on mainly instruments during the August 1933 Chesapeake-Potomac hurricane [Roth, David, and Hugh Cobb, [http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/research/roth/vaerly20hur.htm Virginia_Hurricane_History:_Early_Twentieth_Century] , "July 16, 2001".] , J. B. Duckworth flies his airplane into a Gulf hurricane off the coast of Texas, proving to the military and meteorological community the utility of weather reconnaissance.
* 1944 - The Great Atlantic Hurricane is caught on radar near the Mid-Atlantic coast, the first such picture noted from the United States.
* 1947 - The Soviet Union launched its first Long Range Ballistic Rocket 18 October, based on the German rocket A4 (V-2). The photographs demonstrated the immense potential of observing weather from space. [ [www.eoportal.org/documents/kramer/History.pdf Earth Observation History on Technology Introduction.] ]
* 1948 - First correct tornado prediction by R. C. Miller and E. J. Fawbush for tornado in Oklahoma. :: - Erik Palmén publishes his findings that hurricanes require surface water temperatures of at least 26°C (80°F) in order to form.
* 1950 - First successful numerical weather prediction experiment. Princeton University, group of Jule Gregory Charney on ENIAC.:: - Hurricanes begin to be named alphabetically with the radio alphabet.:: - WMO World Meteorological Organization replaces IMO under the auspice of the United Nations.
* 1953 - National Hurricane Center (NOAA) creates a system for naming hurricanes using alphabetical lists of women's names.
* 1954 - First routine real-time numerical weather forecasting. The Royal Swedish Air Force Weather Service.:: - A United States Navy rocket captures a picture of an inland tropical depression near the Texas/Mexico border, which leads to a surprise flood event in New Mexico. This convinces the government to set up a weather satellite program.
* 1955 - Norman Phillips at Princeton University runs first Atmospheric General Circulation Model. :: - NSSP National Severe Storms Project and NHRP National Hurricane Research Projects established. The Miami office of the United States Weather Bureau is designated the main hurricane warning center for the Atlantic Basin.
* 1957-1958 - International Geophysical Year coordinated research efforts in eleven sciences, focused on polar areas during the solar maximum.
* 1959 - The first weather satellite, Vanguard 2, was launched on 17 February. It was designed to measure cloud cover, but a poor axis of rotation kept it from collecting a notable amount of useful data.
* 1960 - The first weather satellite to be considered a success was TIROS-1, launched by NASA on 1 April. TIROS operated for 78 days and proved to be much more successful than Vanguard 2. TIROS paved the way for the Nimbus program, whose technology and findings are the heritage of most of the Earth-observing satellites NASA and NOAA have launched since then.
* 1961 - Edward Lorenz accidentally discovers Chaos theory when working on numerical weather prediction.
* 1962 - Keith Browning and Frank Ludlam publish first detailed study of a "supercell" storm (over Wokingham, UK). Project STORMFURY begins its 10-year project of seeding hurricanes with silver iodide, attempting to weaken the cyclones.
* 1968 - A hurricane database for Atlantic hurricanes is created for NASA by Charlie Newmann and John Hope, named HURDAT.
* 1969 - Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale created, used to describe hurricane strength on a category range of 1 to 5. Popularized during Hurricane Gloria of 1985 by media.:: - Jacob Bjerknes described ENSO by suggesting that an anomalously warm spot in the eastern Pacific can weaken the east-west temperature difference, causing weakening in the Walker circulation and trade wind flows, which push warm water to the west.
* 1970s Weather radars are becoming more standardized and organized into networks. The number of scanned angles was increased to get a three-dimensional view of the precipitation, which allowed studies of thunderstorms. Experiments with the Doppler effect begin.
* 1970 - NOAA National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration established. Weather Bureau is renamed the National Weather Service.
* 1971 - Ted Fujita introduces the Fujita scale for rating tornadoes.
* 1974 - AMeDAS network, developed by Japan Meteorological Agency used for gathering regional weather data and verifying forecast performance, begun operation on November 1, the system consists of about 1,300 stations with automatic observation equipment. These stations, of which more than 1,100 are unmanned, are located at an average interval of 17 km throughout Japan.
* 1975 - The first Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite, GOES, was launched into orbit. Their role and design is to aid in hurricane tracking. Also this year, Vern Dvorak develops a scheme to estimate tropical cyclone intensity from satellite imagery.:: - The first use of a General Circulation Model to study the effects of carbon dioxide doubling. Syukuro Manabe and Richard Wetherald at Princeton University.
* 1980s onwards, networks of weather radars are further expanded in the developed world. Doppler weather radar is becoming gradually more common, adds velocity information.
* 1982 - The first Synoptic Flow experiment is flown around Hurricane Debby to help define the large scale atmospheric winds that steer the storm.
* 1988 - WSR-88D type weather radar implemented in the United States. Weather surveillance radar that uses several modes to detect severe weather conditions.
* 1992 - Computers first used in the United States to draw surface analyses.
* 1997 - The Pacific Decadal Oscillation was named by Steven R. Hare, who noticed it while studying salmon production patterns. Simultaneously the PDO climate pattern was also found by Yuan Zhang. [cite journal | author=Nathan J. Mantua, Steven R. Hare, Yuan Zhang, John M. Wallace, and Robert C. Francis | title=A Pacific interdecadal climate oscillation with impacts on salmon production| journal=Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society | month=June | year=1997 | volume=78 | pages=1069&ndash;1079 |url=http://www.atmos.washington.edu/~mantua/abst.PDO.html | doi=10.1175/1520-0477(1997)078<1069:APICOW>2.0.CO;2]
* 1998 - Improving technology and software finally allows for the digital underlaying of satellite imagery, radar imagery, model data, and surface observations improving the quality of United States Surface Analyses.:: - CAMEX3, a NASA experiment run in conjunction with NOAA's Hurricane Field Program collects detailed data sets on Hurricanes Bonnie, Danielle, and Georges.
* 1999 - Hurricane Floyd induces "fright factor" in some coastal States and causes a massive evacuation from coastal zones from northern Florida to the Carolinas. It comes ashore in North Carolina and results in nearly 80 dead and $4.5 billion in damages mostly due to extensive flooding.

21st century

* 2001 - National Weather Service begins to produce a Unified Surface Analysis, ending duplication of effort at the Tropical Prediction Center, Ocean Prediction Center, Hydrometeorological Prediction Center, as well as the National Weather Service offices in Anchorage, AK and Honolulu, HI. [ [http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/UASfcManualVersion1.pdf Unified_Surface_Analysis_Manual] .]
* 2003 - NOAA hurricane experts issue first experimental Eastern Pacific Hurricane Outlook.
* 2004 - A record number of hurricanes strike Florida in one year, Charley, Frances, Ivan, and Jeanne.
* 2005 - A record 27 named storms occur in the Atlantic. National Hurricane Center runs out of names from its standard list and uses Greek alphabet for the first time.
* 2007 - The Fujita scale is replaced with the Enhanced Fujita Scale for National Weather Service tornado assessments.

See also

* list of Atlantic hurricane seasons
* list of North Indian Ocean cyclone seasons
* list of Pacific hurricane seasons
* list of Pacific typhoon seasons
* Timeline of temperature and pressure measurement technology

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