The Triumphs and Failures of Astrometeorology

The Triumphs and Failures of Astrometeorology
(Peter Byrne/PA via AP)

Medieval societies wanted more accurate weather forecasts than those offered by the classical meteorology passed down from ancient Greek and Roman scholars. Astrometeorology, which was accepted in Europe from about 1100 to 1700 CE, appeared to satisfy that demand. Texts and discoveries spread rapidly and widely across European and Middle Eastern political and cultural borders (see the article by Anne Lawrence-Mathers, Physics Today, April 2021, page 38).

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