Science: Dishonored Prophets

New York City's blizzard of '47 (TIME, Jan. 5) was largely a memory by last week; but a lot of loaded snowballs were still being thrown—mostly at the weatherman. The New York Times sternly demanded to know what had happened to forecasts lately ("occasional snow," forsooth, on the day of the 25.8-incher). And what, asked the Times, was being done about it?

The trouble, apparently, was threefold: 1) inadequate equipment and research; 2) failure to keep up with new meteorological techniques abroad; 3) scientific inertia at home. Congress, which keeps the U.S. Weather Bureau on a starvation allowance, was guilty on the...

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