The Weather Machine: Discussion #1

This week, we read Part One, which encompassed the chapters Calculating the Weather and The Forecast Factories. Next week, we’ll read the first two chapters of part two, The Weather on Earth and Looking Down.

This was about the early history of global weather understanding, and how it wasn’t until the telegraph was launched that it became even feasible to know what the weather was at any two places at one time. We also met Vilhelm Bjerknes, a guy well ahead of his time whose efforts are still felt today.

What did you make of these early times of weather? I for one loved the part about the forecast factories, where people made a penny per math problem. What connections do you make to how things work today?