Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather. ~John Ruskin

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

John Hope

John Hope was born on May 14th, 1919. He was considered as one of the best hurricane forecasters of all times. He was given the title of 'Mr. Hurricane' as his forecasts for hurricanes were very rarely proved wrong. He had a great passion for weather. He was very fascinated by the strong winds and got very much interested in hurricanes,tornadoes and other severe weather  phenomenons. He was a great guy. He cared about the safety of the people. During emergencies he would work tirelessly at the radio station to make the people aware of the upcoming tornadoes danger and advise people to take shelter in their basement or closet to remain protected. He started his career as a forecaster at the National Weather Service in Memphis, Tennesse and after serving the NWS for over 13 years, he joined the Weather channel in 1982. At the weather channel he gained reputation as he looked very confident and impressive on the air. He became a very importnant part of the Weather channel during the Hurricane season. He died on June 13th, 2002 when he was still working for the Weather Channel. It was a great loss for the Weather channel as they had lost one of the best hurricane forecasters of all times. He is considered a legend in the field of forecasting.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Johannes Kepler

Johannes Kepler was one of six children and born on December 1571 and died November 1630. He was a German mathematician, astronomer and astrologer. Going to university, Kepler proved to excel in the field of mathematics and sciences and achieved a reputation for being a skillful astrologer. Kepler's most significant accomplishment in meteorology was the discovery of planetary motion and atmospheric tides. He discovered that planetary motion influenced the tides in the atmosphere meaning that depending on the time of year, due to how close the earth was to a planet or how it was rotation, the atmosphere would be effected causing an influence in the weather. Most of his other works were based on physics and astronomy. One of his works consist of the laws of planetary motion. He died at the age of 58 from being ill.

Luke Howard

Luke Howard, also know as the "Father of Meteorology" and the "Grandfather of Clouds", was born in 1772 in London, England. From an early age, Howard became very interested in clouds and weather. Although he eventually became a pharmacist by career, he wrote many essays on weather, maintained a comprehensive recording of weather in the London area, and lectured about meteorology. His most famous work is the Essay on the Modification of Clouds. In this essay he named the three principal categories of clouds – cumulus, stratus, and cirrus, as well as a series of intermediate and compound modifications, such as cirrostratus and stratocumulus. The success of Howard's system was due to his use of universal Latin, as well as to his emphasis on the mutability of clouds. Howard then continued to lecture and write from 1807 until his death in 1864. He married Mariabella Eliot and had several children. In all, Luke Howard had a significant impact on meteorology, and a generally happy and successful life.