Weather forecasting is the most visible branch of meteorology and has its modern roots in the nineteenth century when scientists redefined meteorology in the way weather forecasts were made, developing maps of isobars, or lines of equal atmospheric pressure, as the main forecasting tool. This book is the history of how weather forecasting was moulded and modelled by the processes of nation-state building and statistics in the Western world.
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31 March 2021
List of figures List of tables Acknowledgements List of abbreviations Introduction CHAPTER 1 - Pre-1850 conceptualizations of storms CHAPTER 2 - Meteorology and statistics before 1854 CHAPTER 3 - The adoption of an Eulerian approach by state interests CHAPTER 4 - The Lagrangian approach as a counterweight CHAPTER 5 - The convergence between statistics and synoptic method CHAPTER 6 - The hegemony of the Eulerian approach and the beginning of its end CHAPTER 7 - Behind weather forecasting: national interests and the primacy of public service over research CHAPTER 8 - Meteorological cartography
Aitor Anduaga is an Ikerbasque Research Professor (Ikerbasque: Basque Foundation for Science) at the Basque Museum of the History of Medicine and Science, University of the Basque Country.