Weathering the Storm: Sverre Petterssen, the D-Day Forecast, and the Rise of Modern Meteorology

Weathering the Storm: Sverre Petterssen, the D-Day Forecast, and the Rise of Modern Meteorology

by James Rodger Fleming, James Rodger Fleming
     
 

Meteorology today is the beneficiary of the fundamental work in weather analysis and forecasting of Sverre Petterssen (1898–1974), a giant in the field and an international leader in meteorology during its formative era. In this lively and insightful autobiographical memoir, written just before his death, Petterssen shares intimate memories from his childhood

Overview

Meteorology today is the beneficiary of the fundamental work in weather analysis and forecasting of Sverre Petterssen (1898–1974), a giant in the field and an international leader in meteorology during its formative era. In this lively and insightful autobiographical memoir, written just before his death, Petterssen shares intimate memories from his childhood in Norway, his education and service with the famous Bergen school of meteorology, and his extensive experiences in polar forecasting and as head of the meteorology department at MIT. The crisis of World War II comes alive in his passionate recounting of how forecasts were made for bombing raids and special operations, including the contentious forecasts for D-Day. Sverre Petterssen's complete autobiographical memoir, published here for the first time in English, offers a fascinating view of a man, an era, and a science. Anyone interested in weather, World War II, the history of science, or Norwegian history will enjoy this book.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781878220332
Publisher:
American Meteorological Society
Publication date:
01/01/2001
Series:
American Meteorological Society - Historical Monographs
Pages:
329
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

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