Greetings to all ICMH members.
I have joined your society because in the course of research for a book I
contacted James Fleming. Dr. Fleming is being helpful and generous in helping
me make connections with meteorologists and historians who can help me on
my quest to learn everything I can about the Beaufort Scale of wind force.
My book is tentatively scheduled for spring, 2004. I eagerly encourage anyone
with thoughts or knowledge about: the history of wind scales (precedents to
or updates of the Beaufort Scale especially); observational measurement and
recordmaking in general (I'm interested in things like the Fujita-Pearson
or Mercallis scales); categorization; international meteorological cooperation
and recordkeeping (the Palatine Society, the Royal Society, etc.) to contact
me to discuss my project.
I'm a journalist rather than a historian or scientist; I've written books about the airline industry, NASCAR automobile racing, and the Cleveland Browns football team; I've worked for a raft of newspapers and magazines; I've most recently been a producer for a National Public Radio affiliate; and I'm currently on break from that station as a Knight-Wallace Fellow at Michigan, a one-year fellowship for midcareer journalists. I'm glad to do anything I can as a writer to help the scientists and historians in this society.
My email is firstname.lastname@example.org and I am now officially surrounded by a whole bunch of people who know way more than I do about a topic about which I'm supposed to be writing a book, so, officially: help.- Scott