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Meteorology is a field of science that involves the study of the atmosphere and its phenomena, with a focus on weather processes and forecasting.

  • A person who studies in this field is known as a meteorologist.

An offshoot of the atmospheric sciences (which include atmospheric chemistry and atmospheric physics), this specific branch has a major focus on weather forecasting.

An important branch of weather forecasting is spatial weather forecasting, as it relates to space and starship safety, in which spatial phenomenon are observed, plotted, and carefully transcribed for the safety and education of everyone in the area.

Planetary meteorological phenomena are described and quantified by the variables of the planet in question's atmosphere: temperature, air pressure, water vapor, mass flow, and the variations and interactions of these variables, and how they change over time.
Different scales are used to describe and predict weather on local, regional, and global levels.

Fun Facts

  • The meteorology section aboard starships as early as the original USS Enterprise, NCC-1701 were responsible for taking weather scans and reporting such stellar events as upcoming ion storms.
  • The word "meteorology" is from the Ancient Greek words for "meteor" and "-(o)logy," meaning "the study of things high in the air."

Related Terms

Weather control

  • Weather control grid - a computerized matrix that acted as a control for a planetary weather
  • Weather control system - used to alter the natural weather patterns of a planet, through a weather control grid, which acts much like a world wide environmental system
  • Weather Modification Net - designed to dissipate destructive weather phenomena, such as tornadoes
  • Weather station - a designated location for weather observation when a control system was not in place
  • Weather substation - surface-based facility used to monitor, support, and operate a planetary weather control system

Weather occupations

  • Meteorologist - a scientist who specializes in the field of meteorology
  • Weatherperson - a person who reports on the status of the weather, whether it be be controlled or unpredictable

Weather readings

  • Atmospheric sensor - designed to provide measures of air temperature, vapor, atmospheric conditions, wind speeds, and radiation
  • Barometer - instrument that is used to measure air pressure
  • Interstellar phenomena forecast - reports that provide information on the movement and location of interstellar phenomena
  • Weather satellite - specialized artificial satellites that are dedicated to weather monitoring and meteorology