Why the Weather

Publication History

Charles Franklin Brooks, the founder and Secretary of the American Meteorological Society, composed daily public service announcements for the Science Service beginning in May 1923. These daily meteorological miscellany were also authored by Charles Fitzhugh Talman (1927-1935) and Alfred H. Thiessen (1938-1941). The essays were designed to present meteorology to the general public, by radio and newspapers, using clear and simple explanations of weather facts, phenomena and proverbs. "Beware of weather proverbs," wrote Brooks on May 28, 1923, "or better still, pick the true ones and throw aside those which have not been proved . . ." such as, "Thunder does not sour milk!"

Scope of Coverage

The NOAA Central Library maintains a set of these mimeographed sheets beginning with No. 1, May 1923, and continuing through April 1941.

How to Locate Daily Essays on Why the Weather?

Below is an datatable with links to the PDF document for quick navigation through 16+ years of public service announcements.

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TitleSubjectAuthorDate of Publication
Fog DripAbbe, ClevelandC. Fitzhugh TalmanNovember 21, 1927
ForecastingAbbe, ClevelandThiessen, Alfred H., Maj. (Ret.)February 6, 1941
Heavy AirAbbe, ClevelandC. Fitzhugh TalmanApril 18, 1929
Old ProbabilitiesAbbe, ClevelandC. Fitzhugh TalmanMay 2, 1927
South Atlantic Dew PondAbbe, ClevelandC. Fitzhugh TalmanMarch 2, 1931
Solar HeatersAbbot, Charles G.Thiessen, Alfred H., Maj. (Ret.)February 10, 1940
South African ObservatoryAbbot, Charles G.Charles F. BrooksFebruary 21, 1927
Shadow Of A MountainAbercromby, RalphC. Fitzhugh TalmanJune 23, 1933
Weather OdysseyAbercromby, RalphC. Fitzhugh TalmanDecember 8, 1927
Meteorological AdvertisementAdvertisingC. Fitzhugh TalmanAugust 10, 1934
Meteorological AdvertisingAdvertisingC. Fitzhugh TalmanAugust 30, 1932
Weather And AdvertisingAdvertisingC. Fitzhugh TalmanOctober 3, 1927
Weather Forecasts And AdvertisingAdvertisingC. Fitzhugh TalmanDecember 4, 1929
Climate and AgricultureAgricultureThiessen, Alfred H., Maj. (Ret.)November 30, 1940
About AirAirC. Fitzhugh TalmanJune 8, 1927
Clean AirAirThiessen, Alfred H., Maj. (Ret.)November 5, 1938
Cleaner Air In BritainAirC. Fitzhugh TalmanMarch 27, 1931
Clearing the AirAirCharles F. BrooksSeptember 29, 1925
Cold Air And Water VaporAirThiessen, Alfred H., Maj. (Ret.)January 22, 1940
Cold AirAirThiessen, Alfred H., Maj. (Ret.)January 27, 1938
Common Evidences of Air PressureAirCharles F. BrooksJune 9, 1924
Cross Sections Of The AirAirThiessen, Alfred H., Maj. (Ret.)January 23, 1939
Cushions of Cold AirAirCharles F. BrooksNovember 12, 1926
Dry Air Is Thirsty AirAirCharles F. BrooksAugust 6, 1923
Ex-Miracles Of The AirAirC. Fitzhugh TalmanMay 19, 1931
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