me·​te·​o·​rol·​o·​gy | \ ˌmē-tē-ə-ˈrä-lə-jē How to pronounce meteorology (audio) \

Definition of meteorology

1 : a science that deals with the atmosphere and its phenomena and especially with weather and weather forecasting studied the principles of meteorology
2 : the atmospheric phenomena and weather of a region the meteorology of the Gulf of Mexico

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Other Words from meteorology

meteorologic \ ˌmē-​tē-​ə-​rə-​ˈlä-​jik How to pronounce meteorologic (audio) \ or meteorological \ ˌmē-​tē-​ə-​rə-​ˈlä-​ji-​kəl How to pronounce meteorological (audio) \ adjective
meteorologically \ ˌmē-​tē-​ə-​rə-​ˈlä-​ji-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce meteorologically (audio) \ adverb
meteorologist \ ˌmē-​tē-​ə-​ˈrä-​lə-​jist How to pronounce meteorologist (audio) \ noun

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Quartz spoke with Jeff Masters, the director of meteorology at Weather Underground, a product of IBM, to explain how these models work and contribute to predicting a storm’s path. Katherine Ellen Foley, Quartz, "How to read the maps that predict hurricane paths," 30 Aug. 2019 Frazer will join the meteorology team lead by Betsy Kling. Greg Burnett,, "Jason Frazer joins WKYC Channel 3’s weather team," 10 Sep. 2019 Attendees sit in on talks and view posters highlighting the latest in operational meteorology case studies and research. Matt Lanza, Ars Technica, "In speech to forecasters, NOAA chief tries to tamp down Sharpie controversy," 10 Sep. 2019 Air — high off the ground and closer to where people live — is often stagnant in the summer and this is an extreme version of that, said Jeff Masters, a meteorology director at Weather Underground who used to fly into hurricanes. NBC News, "Why is Hurricane Dorian moving so slowly?," 3 Sep. 2019 Climatempo, a popular private meteorology website, reported that a cold front brought low-lying clouds which then combined with smoke to form the thick black smog. The Economist, "Forest fires in the Amazon blacken the sun in São Paulo," 22 Aug. 2019 The Old Farmer’s Almanac formula includes historical data, meteorology and the influence of climate change in addition to sunspots. Weldon B. Johnson, azcentral, "Farmers' vs. Farmer's: What the almanacs are predicting for winter 2019," 29 Aug. 2019 Boustead’s particular passion emerges in the intersection between the books and meteorology, her academic area of expertise. Elena Nicolaou,, "Little House, Big Fans: These People Really, Really Love Laura Ingalls Wilder," 24 Aug. 2019 Shawn Milrad, a professor of meteorology at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, reviewed information provided by ClimaCell about its models. Jason Samenow,, "ClimaCell weather app alerts when it’s about to rain, down to the minute, around the world," 12 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of meteorology

1563, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for meteorology

French or Greek; French météorologie, from Middle French, from Greek meteōrologia, from meteōron + -logia -logy

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The first known use of meteorology was in 1563

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English Language Learners Definition of meteorology

: a science that deals with the atmosphere and with weather


me·​te·​o·​rol·​o·​gy | \ ˌmē-tē-ə-ˈrä-lə-jē How to pronounce meteorology (audio) \

Kids Definition of meteorology

: a science that deals with the atmosphere, weather, and weather forecasting

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