me·​te·​o·​rol·​o·​gy | \ˌmē-tē-ə-ˈrä-lə-jē \

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 \-​rə-​ˈlä-​jik \ or meteorological \-​ji-​kəl \ adjective
meteorologically \-​ji-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb
meteorologist \-​ˈrä-​lə-​jist \ noun

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The warning system, a network of 22 buoys attached to seafloor sensors, is supposed to transfer data to the Indonesian meteorology and geophysics agency known as BMKG. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Indonesia's Tsunami Warning System Hasn't Been Operational Since 2012," 1 Oct. 2018 Essential to shipping, navigation, meteorology, and timekeeping, the observatory was exclusively used by government astrologers during the 19th and 20th centuries. Sophie Davies, Condé Nast Traveler, "15 Best Museums in Sydney," 23 Mar. 2018 The issue is a lack of women in meteorology and similar fields. Jared Gilmour, miamiherald, "This is why your meteorologist may be wearing purple on Pi Day | Miami Herald," 14 Mar. 2018 Everything from methods for riveting to a crash-course in meteorology for pilots. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "The Disney Cartoon That Teaches You How to Fire an Anti-Tank Rifle," 3 Dec. 2015 The Wilson Center holds an event on solutions in Arctic meteorology. Dino Grandoni, Washington Post, "The Energy 202: Arnold Schwarzenegger calls Scott Pruitt 'worst environmental secretary that we have ever had'," 29 May 2018 Classroom courses such as meteorology and aviation law are taught by academic faculty, but flight instructors are usually experienced students or graduates looking to gain flight hours before heading off to the commercial big leagues. Andrew Van Dam,, "Pilot-hungry airlines are raiding flight schools, creating a shortage of instructors to train the next generation," 21 May 2018 Tornadoes are more likely to form in the southeast portion of the US from mid-April to early May, Dr. Jeffrey Basara, an associate professor of meteorology at the University of Oklahoma, told Fox News. Madeline Farber, Fox News, "'Tornado Alley' and other things to know during tornado season," 16 May 2018 One simple rule of meteorology: Air moves from relatively higher pressure toward relatively lower pressure. Robert Krier,, "Make way for May gray," 10 May 2018

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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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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 \

Kids Definition of meteorology

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

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