Science: Air Weather Man

For the U.S. Air Force, the weather is of great and far-reaching concern. A strategic air fleet, taking off for destination X, will need to know what weather to expect 5,000 miles and 20 hours ahead. Last week the Air Force acquired one of the world's leading meteorologists, Dr. Sverre Petterssen of M.I.T.

Dr. Petterssen's job will be to appraise and utilize the new methods that are making meteorology something like an exact science. Modern meteorology was developed in his native country, Norway (whose Drs. Vilhelm and Jakob Bjerknes worked out the method of air-mass analysis), but now, says Dr. Petterssen; the...

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