Too Near for Dreams

The Story of Cleveland Abbe, America’s First Weather Forecaster  

Sean Potter

Too Near for Dreams

Sean Potter

Distributed for American Meteorological Society

480 pages | 24 halftones | 6 x 9
Cloth $45.00 ISBN: 9781944970567 Will Publish February 2020
As a civilian in the newly established forecast and storm warning division of the US Army Signal Service, Cleveland Abbe was the first person to issue official, regularly scheduled weather “probabilities” in the United States. Abbe began his work in forecasting in 1869, earning the nickname “Old Probability” for the reliability of his reports. He would go on to become the first chief meteorologist of the United States Weather Bureau—which we know today as the National Weather Service. In establishing a system for creating daily weather forecasts and more, this humble pioneer helped lay the foundation for modern meteorology in the United States.

Set against the backdrop of nineteenth and early twentieth-century international events and scientific advancements, this biography of Abbe explores both his personal life and his scientific career. It illuminates his unusual travels in Russia in the mid-1860s—as the Civil War was waged and a president was assassinated back home—in part through letters with his mother. Decades of diaries and correspondence from the Cleveland Abbe Papers at the Library of Congress, as well as first-person accounts, illuminate this first-ever biography of a mild-mannered family man whose thirst for knowledge drove him to become a giant in an emerging scientific field.
Contents
Author’s Note
Key Figures in the Life of Cleveland Abbe
Preface
Prologue
Chapter 1: Early Years (1838-1860)
Chapter 2: Cambridge (1860-1864)
Chapter 3: Pulkova (1864-1866)
Chapter 4: Cincinnati (1867-1870)
Chapter 5: The Birth of a Weather Service (1869-1877)
Chapter 6: Science and Service (1878-1908)
Chapter 7: Final Years (1909-1916)
Epilogue
Biographical Timeline of Cleveland Abbe
Acknowledgements
References
Notes
 
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