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The American Meteorological Society was organized for "The Advancement and diffusion of knowledge of meteorology, including climatology, and the development of its application to public health, agriculture, engineering, transportation by land and inland waterways, navigation of Any the air and oceans, and other forms of industry and commerce." person, corporation or other organization interested in these aims may be elected to membership. The organization of the Society took place in affiliation with the American Association for the Advancement of Science at St. Louis, Mo., Dec. 29, 1919, and its incorporation, at Washington, D. C., Jan. 21, 1920. The work of the Society is carried on by the BULLETIN, by papers and discussions at meetings of the Society, and by correspondence. There is close cooperation between the Society and the official weather services of the Americas.


Officers and Councilors

W. J. Humphreys, C.E., Ph.D., Professor of Meteorological Physics, U. S. Weather Bureau, Washington, D. C.


Edward Alden Beals, Consulting Meteorologist, 1355 Versailles Ave., Alameda, Calif.


Charles F. Brooks, Ph.D., Professor of Meteorology and Climatology, Clark University, Worcester, Mass.


Willis Ray Gregg, A.B., Meteorologist, U. S. Weather Bureau, Washington, D. C.


W. I. Milham, Ph.D., Professor of Astronomy, Williams College, Williamstown, Mass. (Past-President, 1924, '25, ex-officio member of Council.)

C. F. Marvin, M.E., Chief, U. S. Weather Bureau, Washington, D. C. (Past-President, 1926, '27; ex-officio member of Council.)

Henry J. Cox, A.B., hon. A.M., Sc.D., Meteorologist and District)
Forecaster, U. S. Weather Bureau, Chicago, Ill.

A. W. Greely (Maj. Gen. U. S. A. Ret'd), Conway Center, N. H.
Prof. A. J. Henry, Meteorologist, U. S. Weather Bureau, Wash-
ington, D. C.

E. B. Calvert, Chief of Forecast Division, U. S. Weather Bureau,
Washington, D. C.

Robert DeC. Ward, A.M., Professor of Climatology, Harvard
University, Cambridge, Mass. (Past-President, 1919-1921.
Charles G. Abbot, D.Sc., Secretary, Smithsonian Institution,
Washington, D. C.

Edward H. Bowie, M.S., Meteorologist and District Forecaster,
U. S. Weather Burea, San Francisco, Calif.

Andrew E. Douglass, hon. Sc:D., Director, Steward Cbservatory,
University of Arizona, Tucson, Ariz.

John Patterson, M.A., Assistant Director, Meteorological Office,
Toronto, Canada.

Burton M. Varney, Ph.D., Assoc. Professor of Geography, Uni-
versity of California at Los Angeles.

J. Cecil Alter, U. S. Weather Bureau, Salt Lake City, Utah.
Louis A. Bauer, C.E., Sc.D., Ph.D., Director, Dept. of Terrestrial
Magnetism, Carnegie Institution of Washington, Washington,
D. C.

William Morris Davis, M.E., hon. Sc.D., Ph.D., Professor-Emer-
itus of Physical Geography, Harvard University, Cambridge,

S. P. Fergusson, U. S. Weather Bureau, Washington, D. C.
Sampaio Ferraz, Ph.D., Director, Directoria de Meteorologia,
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.














Published Monthly by the American Meteorological Society at Worcester, Mass. Editor: Charles F. Brooks, Clark University, Worcester, Mass.

Assistant Editor: Nesbitt H. "Bangs:

Contributing Editors:

Henry J. Cox, Robert E. Horton, Clarence J. Root, and Burton M. Varney.

Vol. 9


No. 1


By MRS. Ross WOODS, Cooperative Observer, Palmetto, Tenn. For years it has been my desire to have a convention of the weather observers of our state, that I might meet my fellow cooperatives and exchange experiences with them, but such a convention up to this time has not seemed feasible.

But now two mighty luminaries in the scientific world are in conjunction and with their combined attractive force, are drawing all the earth, great and small, toward them. The American Meteorological Society, for the first time in its history, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, for the second time in its history, are met in our capital city. Truly opportunity is at the high tide of the spring tide and my erstwhile dream for years of too little importance to warrant fulfillment, is now a reality.

And now that I have the opportunity to speak, my heart fills so with emotion the words are choked back and with Tennyson I cry, "And I would that I could utter the thoughts that arise in me." That little latticed shed, or instrument shelter, in the yard back home does not seem to me to house mere instruments of wood and metal. Those instruments are a part of my family and as dear to me as some cherished heirloom to another. And why shouldn't I love them when I recall the days that used to be?

My father, R. S. Montgomery, known to his peers as Col. Bob, and to his inferiors as Marse Bob, was one of the earliest observers in the state. In his early twenties he began keeping a diary, a habit he continued the remaining fifty years of his life. Of course the weather furnished as ready a topic for written as for spoken thought and from weather notes in his diary, it was just a step to the daily record of a cooperative observer, which he first undertook to make for the Weather Bureau in 1883, 13 years after the organization of the Weather Bureau as a division of Read by the author at the Tennessee Weather Service Session of the American Meteorological Society Meeting at Nashville, Tennessee, December 30, 1927.

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