Editor’s Note.—The word meteorology comes from the Greek words meleora and logos, meaning the science of things in the air. The thermometer was invented by Galileo about 1602, and the barometer by Torricelli in 1643.
Naval aerology, a branch of the service which has developed since the Great War, is frequently the subject of interested inquiry and comment. This specialized meteorological section consists of a relatively small group of about twenty-five officers who have received professional training in the subject, twenty-seven chief petty officer aerographers, and forty-nine especially trained enlisted men. A brief survey of the origin and development of this group and its present function may indicate the promising possibilities inherent in this comparatively new arm of the Navy.