27 Jul '14, 7pm

Navy's weathermen celebrate 90 years: They have been knocked down from ship's company to ship riders. #navy

Navy's weathermen celebrate 90 years: They have been knocked down from ship's company to ship riders. #navy

They have been knocked down from ship’s company to ship riders. They have lost their favorite duty station and are often tagged as “weather guessers.” But were it not for aerographer’s mates, chances are you would end up riding rough seas and flying unfriendly skies. This unsung rating celebrates 90 years of weather forecasting this month. Chief Quartermaster John Dungan became the first aerographer in 1924, and he was joined by seven other sailors the following year, aviation pioneers who manned surface weather stations connected by telegraph. Today, the field has about 1,000 sailors worldwide who conduct meteorology, oceanographic and hydrographic assessments. Some of their gear is time-tested, such as weather balloons. Other gear is on the cutting edge — target-acquisition weather software used in strike warfare, advanced refractive environmental prediction systems and ...

Full article: http://www.navytimes.com/article/20140727/CAREERS02/30727...

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