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Weather Science for Everybody

Nature volume 142, page 734 (22 October 1938) | Download Citation



APTLY was meteorology described half a century ago as the “Cinderella of the Sciences”: in those days it was a humble study indeed, attractive in the main only to amateurs and scorned by the majority of physicists. But Cinderella, as we know, could not be kept in the background ; eventually she triumphed over her elder and more ambitious sisters. Is it to be the same with meteorology? From the utilitarian point of view the answer must surely be: Yes. Having regard, in particular, to the future development of weather forecasting and to the potentialities of stratospheric flight, it is indisputable that meteorology has the major part of a very important career still ahead.

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