92nd American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting (January 22-26, 2012)

Tuesday, 24 January 2012: 4:30 PM
Texas Weather Pioneers: A Weather Museum Project Sponsored by the City of Houston
Room 335/336 (New Orleans Convention Center )
Jill F. Hasling, CCM, The John C. Freeman Weather Museum at Weather Research Center, Houston, TX; and M. T. Maiuri

The nation's first Weather Museum received a grant from the City of Houston to develop a Texas Weather Pioneer exhibit highlighting the contribution of Texans to the profession of meteorology. One of the most colorful Texas meteorologists was Isaac Cline who survived the 1900 Galveston Hurricane and contributed so much to the field of tropical meteorology. Other meteorologists with careers in Texas like Dr. Robert Simpson, Dr. John C. Freeman and Dr. Walt Saucier all played very interesting roles in the history of meteorology.

The idea of the American Meteorological Society was born when Charles Brooks was teaching a weather class at Texas A&M University in 1918 during World War I. Native Houstonian and Texan Dr. John C. Freeman was a member of the team that performed the first numerical weather prediction on the ENIAC with John von Neumann. The first Texas Tornado Warning Network using surplus WWII Radars was developed by the hard work of Dr. Robert Simpson and Dr. John C. Freeman after the famous 1953 Waco Tornado. The first flight into a hurricane by Colonel Joseph Duckworth occurred in the 1943 hurricane off the Texas coast. This project developed a time line of the rich Texas influence in the history of meteorology.

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