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Weathering the Storm

Sverre Petterssen, the D-Day Forecast and the Rise of Modern Meteorology
James Rodger Fleming
Copyright: 2001
ISBN: 9781878220332
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Pages: 329
Language: English
Publisher: American Meteorlogical Society
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Meteorology today is the beneficiary of the work of Sverre Petterssen. This memoir uncovers the history of meteorology, including forecasting for WWII bombing raids and D-Day.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Early Years

Chapter 2. Apprenticeship

Chapter 3. In the Grip of the Arctic

Chapter 4. Bergen and Beyond

Chapter 5. New Horizons

Chapter 6. A Visit by Friends

Chapter 7. To England via Newfoundland

Chapter 8. Loaned to the British

Chapter 9. The Upper-Air Group

Chapter 10. Bombing and Research

Chapter 11. A Stab at the Tirpitz

Chapter 12. Mr. Pyke and the Mastery of the Snow

Chapter 13. The Failure of Operation Freshman

Chapter 14. Algiers, Tunis, and Bari

Chapter 15. Naples and Anzio

Chapter 16. Overlord: A Dream and an Awakening

Chapter 17. Overlord: Planning for Chaos

Chapter 18. Overlord: Approach to D-Day

Chapter 19. Overlord: The Postponement

Chapter 20. Overlord: A No-Name Policy

Chapter 21. Washington and Honolulu

Chapter 22. Tea in the House of Lords

Chapter 23. Reconstruction and Travel

Chapter 24. At Crossroads in India

Chapter 25. Full Circle

Appendix A. Petterssen's Correspondence with J.M. Stagg

Appendix B. Timeline

Appendix C. Sverre Petterssen, A Select Bibliography


James Rodger Fleming

JAMES RODGER FLEMING is an internationally known historian of science and technology and Professor of Science, Technology, and Society at Colby College. He is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University (B.S. astronomy), Colorado State University (M.S. atmospheric science) and Princeton University (Ph.D. history). He is the founder and first president of the International Commission on History of Meteorology, editor-in-chief of History of Meteorology, and history editor of the Bulletin of the AMS. In 2003 Professor Fleming was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) “for pioneering studies on the history of meteorology and climate change and for the advancement of historical work within meteorological societies.” Professor Fleming held the Charles A. Lindberg Chair in Aerospace History at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum for 2005-06 and currently holds the Roger Revelle Fellowship in Global Environmental Stewardship from the AAAS. He is a Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC. His books include Meteorology in America, 1800–1870 (Johns Hopkins, 1990), Historical Perspectives on Climate Change (Oxford, 1998), and Intimate Universality: Local and Global Themes in the History of Weather and Climate (Science History Publications/USA, 2006).