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Timeline of meteorology

   * 350BC - Aristotle wrote Meteorology.
   * 25 - Pomponius Mela formalizes the climatic zone system.
   * 1620 - Francis Bacon analyzes the scientific method in his Great
     Instauration of Learning.
   * 1686 - Edmund Halley presents a systematic study of the trade winds and
     monsoons and identifies solar heating as the cause of atmospheric
   * 1686 - Edmund Halley establishes the relationship between barometric
     pressure and height above sea level.
   * 1714 - G. D. Fahrenheit creates reliable scale for measuring
     temperature with a mercury-type thermometer
   * 1716 - Edmund Halley suggests that aurorae are caused by "magnetic
     effluvia" moving along the Earth's magnetic field lines.
   * 1742 - Anders Celsius, a swedish astronomer, proposed the centigrade
     scale for thermometers.
   * 1842 - Elias Loomis performed an experiment to gain insight into the
     wind speed needed to defeather a chicken. He loaded a cannon with gun
     powder and a chicken.
   * 1860 - 500 US telegraph stations are making weather observations and
     submitting them back to the Smithsonian Institute. The observations are
     later interupted by the Civil War.
   * 1869 - Joseph Lockyer starts the scientific journal Nature.
   * 1890 - Weather Bureau is created as a civilian operation under the
     Department of Agriculture.
   * 1898 - Weather Bureau established a hurricane warning network in the
     West Indies.
   * 1900 - Hurricane strikes Galveston, Texas, killing over 6,000 people.
   * 1920 - Milutin Milankovich proposes that long term climatic cycles may
     be due to changes in the eccentricity of the Earth's orbit and changes
     in the Earth's obliquity.
   * 1925 - "Tri-State" tornado runs through Missouri, Illinois, and Indiana
     killing 695 people.
   * 1935 - Watson-Watt and his assistant Arnold Wilkins published a report
     in February 1935, titled The Detection of Aircraft by Radio Methods.
   * 1935 - The "Great Labor Day Hurricane" kills 408 people. It is rated as
     the most intense Cat5 Atlantic hurricane to make landfall.
   * 1934 to 1937 - The Dust Bowl drought of the US plains region causes
     harsh economic damage.
   * 1937 - Army Air Forces Weather Service was established (redesignated in
     1946 as AWS-Air Weather Service).
   * 1941 - Pulsed radar network is implemented in England during WWII.
   * 1948 - First correct tornado prediction by R. C. Miller and E. J.
   * 1950 - Hurricanes begin to be named alphabetically with the radio
   * 1951 - WMO World Meteorological Organization established by the United
   * 1953 - National Hurricane Center creates a system for naming hurricanes
     using alphabetical lists of women's names.
   * 1955 - NSSP National Severe Storms Project established.
   * 1956 - The Weather Bureau creates the National Hurricane Research
   * 1969 - Hurricane Camille, the second Cat5 hurricane to make US landfall
     causes $1.4 billion in damage.
   * 1970 - NOAA National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
     established. Weather Bureau is renamed the National Weather Service.
   * 1971 - Ted Fujita inroduces the Fujita scale for rating tornadoes.
   * 1975 - The first Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite,
     GEOS, was launched into orbit. Their role and design is to aid in
     hurricane tracking.
   * 1980 - Mt. St. Helens erupts in Washington State.
   * 1988 - WSR-88D type weather radar implemented in the United States.
     Weather surveillance radar that uses several modes to detect severe
     weather conditions.
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