Mark twain, I believe, once remarked that there is more said and less done about the weather than any other subject under the sun. That statement is no longer strictly true. We are at least trying to do something about it in addition to talking and praying. In the last seven years the Navy has been taking up the subject seriously. And to the Navy, above all others, weather should be a serious proposition. To the farmer weather may mean loss of his crops, to the transoceanic passenger it may mean loss of his dinner, to the horse it may mean horseflies, but to the Navy it may mean the loss of a battle, the loss of a war, loss of life itself. History shows us that it has meant that to navies for 2,322 years and more. For the first 2,315 years we did nothing about it. The problem isn’t solved yet. Two thousand years is a long time and one sort of gets into a rut in that time. It is actually habit forming and we’ve gotten into the habit of considering weather as a series of secret surprises contrived by the gods for their amusement and our discomfort, or as a punishment for our sins. In a way it is a punishment for our sins.
Aerology and the Navy
By Lieutenant Arnold E. True, U. S. Navy