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 Talman21-Nov-27
ForecastingAbbe, ClevelandThiessen, Alfred H., Maj. (Ret.)6-Feb-41
Heavy AirAbbe, ClevelandC. Fitzhugh Talman18-Apr-29
Old ProbabilitiesAbbe, ClevelandC. Fitzhugh Talman2-May-27
South Atlantic Dew PondAbbe, ClevelandC. Fitzhugh Talman2-Mar-31
Solar HeatersAbbot, Charles G.Thiessen, Alfred H., Maj. (Ret.)10-Feb-40
South African ObservatoryAbbot, Charles G.Charles F. Brooks21-Feb-27
Shadow Of A MountainAbercromby, RalphC. Fitzhugh Talman23-Jun-33
Weather OdysseyAbercromby, RalphC. Fitzhugh Talman8-Dec-27
Meteorological AdvertisementAdvertisingC. Fitzhugh Talman10-Aug-34
Meteorological AdvertisingAdvertisingC. Fitzhugh Talman30-Aug-32
Weather And AdvertisingAdvertisingC. Fitzhugh Talman3-Oct-27
Weather Forecasts And AdvertisingAdvertisingC. Fitzhugh Talman4-Dec-29
Climate and AgricultureAgricultureThiessen, Alfred H., Maj. (Ret.)30-Nov-40
About AirAirC. Fitzhugh Talman8-Jun-27
Clean AirAirThiessen, Alfred H., Maj. (Ret.)5-Nov-38
Cleaner Air In BritainAirC. Fitzhugh Talman27-Mar-31
Clearing the AirAirCharles F. Brooks29-Sep-25
Cold Air And Water VaporAirThiessen, Alfred H., Maj. (Ret.)22-Jan-40
Cold AirAirThiessen, Alfred H., Maj. (Ret.)27-Jan-38
Common Evidences of Air PressureAirCharles F. Brooks9-Jun-24
Cross Sections Of The AirAirThiessen, Alfred H., Maj. (Ret.)23-Jan-39
Cushions of Cold AirAirCharles F. Brooks12-Nov-26
Dry Air Is Thirsty AirAirCharles F. Brooks6-Aug-23
Ex-Miracles Of The AirAirC. Fitzhugh Talman19-May-31
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