Famous American Meteorologists

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 1 Jim Cantore

Jim Cantore
Famous As: Meteorologists
Birthdate: February 16, 1964
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Beacon Falls, Connecticut, USA
Best known for his long stint on The Weather Channel, meteorologist Jim Cantore has gained fame for making his weather reports interesting to even a lay person. He has hosted weather segments for the 2012 Summer Olympics and is also known for his authentic storm reports, which have often become viral.

 2 Matthew Fontaine Maury

Matthew Fontaine Maury
Famous As: Astronomer
Birthdate: January 14, 1806
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Spotsylvania County, Virginia, United States
Died: February 1, 1873

American astronomer, naval officer, oceanographer and author Matthew Fontaine Maury, who first served the United States Navy and then the Confederacy States Navy, made significant contributions in oceanography. His book Physical Geography of the Sea is counted among the first comprehensive books on oceanography. Navies and merchant marines across the world adopted his uniform system of recording oceanographic data.

 3 Edward Norton Lorenz

Edward Norton Lorenz
Famous As: Mathematician
Birthdate: May 23, 1917
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: West Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Died: April 16, 2008
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 4 Reed Timmer

Reed Timmer
Birthdate: March 17, 1980
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Grand Rapids

 5 Piers Sellers

Piers Sellers
Famous As: Astronaut, Scientist, Meteorologist
Birthdate: April 11, 1955
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Crowborough
Died: December 23, 2016

 6 Ted Fujita

Ted Fujita
Famous As: Researcher
Birthdate: October 23, 1920
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kitakyushu, Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan
Died: November 19, 1998

 7 Owen Daniels

Owen Daniels
Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: November 9, 1982
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Naperville, Illinois, United States
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 8 Wilson Bentley

Wilson Bentley
Famous As: First Known Person to Take Detailed Photographs of Snowflakes
Birthdate: February 9, 1865
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Jericho, Vermont, United States
Died: December 23, 1931

 9 William Morris Davis

William Morris Davis
Famous As: Geographer, Geologist, Meteorologist
Birthdate: February 12, 1850
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: February 5, 1934

 10 Syukuro Manabe

Syukuro Manabe
Famous As: He was awarded half of the 2021 Nobel Prize in Physics, jointly with Klaus Hasselmann
Birthdate: September 21, 1931
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Uma, Ehime, Japan

 11 Thomas Corwin Mendenhall

Thomas Corwin Mendenhall
Famous As: Physicist
Birthdate: October 4, 1841
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Hanoverton, Ohio, United States
Died: March 23, 1924

 12 William Ferrel

William Ferrel
Famous As: Meteorologist
Birthdate: January 29, 1817
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Pennsylvania, United States
Died: September 18, 1891

Though mostly self-taught, William Ferrel grew up to be a school teacher and later joined the American Ephemeris and Nautical Almanac. He was later part of the U.S. Army’s Signal Service and is best remembered for his meteorological research and his explanation of the deflection of air currents on Earth.

 13 Jacob Bjerknes

Jacob Bjerknes
Famous As: Meteorologist
Birthdate: November 2, 1897
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
Died: July 7, 1975

Jacob Bjerknes was a Norwegian American meteorologist known for his works on the dynamics of the polar front and the mechanism for north-south heat transport. He was the son of meteorologist Vilhelm Bjerknes. Jacob Bjerknes began his career working under his father and later pursued an academic career. He was a recipient of the Royal Meteorological Society’s Symons Gold Medal. 

 14 Cleveland Abbe

Cleveland Abbe
Famous As: Meteorologist
Birthdate: December 3, 1838
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: October 28, 1916

 15 Jule Gregory Charney

Jule Gregory Charney
Famous As: Meteorologist
Birthdate: January 1, 1917
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States
Died: June 16, 1981

 16 Vincent Schaefer

Vincent Schaefer
Famous As: Chemist
Birthdate: July 4, 1906
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Schenectady, New York, United States
Died: July 25, 1993

 17 Carl-Gustaf Rossby

Carl-Gustaf Rossby
Famous As: Meteorologist
Birthdate: December 28, 1898
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
Died: August 19, 1957

Carl-Gustaf Rossby was a Swedish-born American meteorologist. He played an important role during the Second World War, organizing the training of military meteorologists. Over the course of his career, Carl-Gustaf Rossby was honored with many prestigious awards such as the Applied Meteorology Award from the American Meteorological Society in 1959.

 18 James Pollard Espy

James Pollard Espy
Famous As: Meteorologist
Birthdate: May 9, 1785
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Westmorland County, Canada
Died: January 24, 1860

 19 Sverre Petterssen

Sverre Petterssen
Famous As: Meteorologist
Birthdate: February 19, 1898
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Hadsel, Norway
Died: December 31, 1974

Sverre Petterssen was a Norwegian meteorologist. He was well known for his work in the field of weather analysis and forecasting. He was a member of the Bergen School of Meteorology and worked as a weather officer in the Norwegian Air Force for many years. He served as a weather forecaster for bombing raids during World War II. 

 20 Jerome Namias

Jerome Namias
Famous As: Meteorologist
Birthdate: March 19, 1910
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bridgeport, Connecticut, United States
Died: February 10, 1997

 21 William D. Bond

William D. Bond
Famous As: Inventor
Birthdate: January 2, 1931
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: United States

GE mechanical engineer William D. Bond is best remembered for his contribution to the development of three-wheeled cars and electric cars. He had also served as part of the National Guard during the Korean War. His vintage inventions now adorn the GM Heritage Center in Michigan.