Why don’t weather guys study falling stars?


Are these individuals, who are examining the meteor crater close to Winslow, Ariz., amateur meteorologists? (Contributed photo)

In ancient instances, Greeks need to have been the scientists of the planet. Possibly the Greeks have been the 1st with an alphabet – you know, alpha, beta, delta, lambda and the rest, on down to omega. These Greek letters have been the precursor of the alphabet we are utilizing now. When Greeks had an alphabet, they have been the 1st to be in a position to create about science stuff. Even in modern day instances, other than rocket science and a handful of other specific fields of research, quite a few branches of science are known as “ology,” as in biology, cardiology and other folks.

The “ology” component of these names derives from the Greek word “logy” which signifies, “the study of.” Biology is the mixture of the Greek word “bio” which means life with “logy” – bingo, the study of life. Mythologists study myths.  Sociologists study societies. Virologists study viruses. There are dozens of other folks like meteorologists.

If an oceanologist research oceans and a toxicologist research toxic substances, wouldn’t it make sense that a meteorologist would study meteors?

Meteors are space rocks (sized someplace in between the size of a grain of sand up to roughly the size of a car or truck), which fall from space and enter the Earth’s atmosphere. (Though they are nevertheless drifting by way of space these rocks are known as meteoroids and if they truly land on Earth as an alternative of burning up in the atmosphere they come to be meteorites.)

About 5 tons of meteors enter the Earth’s atmosphere each and every day. Most are sand to pebble sized pieces that burn up swiftly and are usually visible as “shooting stars” at evening. A handful of make it all the way to the ground or ocean undertaking small additional than producing a little thump or splash.  Each and every when in a whilst a meteor truly falls and hits one thing and even additional seldom, an individual. Sixty-5 million years ago 1 pounded down from the sky and snuffed out all the dinosaurs on Earth. Take a appear at the moon – all these craters came from meteor and asteroid strikes. (Asteroids are meteoroids bigger than a car or truck.)

With this quantity of space rocks falling on Earth – or the moon – or potentially whacking into orbiting satellites, is it any wonder there are practically 10,000 meteorologists presently operating in the USA and practically 1,000 newly graduated meteorologists are minted at American colleges and universities annually?

Wait a second, meteorologists do not study meteors, meteoroids or meteorites. They study the climate. A meteorologist is a weatherman (or climate-lady). Additional than a third of all of them operate for the National Climate Service.

So why are climate-persons known as meteorologists?   Ask an etymologist – a individual who research “etymon” which is Greek which means “origin of a word.”  In Greek, a meteor is not a space rock. Meteor roughly translates into “things that come from the sky.”

I suppose in Greek that contains falling space rocks, but also rain, sleet, fog, wind and other atmospheric phenomenon. Possibly if they have been known as rainologists or weatherologists, they’d be much better at telling me if tomorrow would be a fantastic day to go fishing.


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