- Everybody’s talking about the weather… Metmen in Wartime is a detailed account of the meteorological services in practice in Canada during World War II. Why were forecasts so crucial during the war? For anti-submarine warfare and convoy protection operations from bases along the Atlantic and Pacific coasts. But Metmen is also a thorough examination of the men behind the forecasts: the nearly 400 science graduates who became “metmen” and were stationed at flying training schools. This book explains the importance of aviation weather forecasts and instruction in meteorology for student pilots at the Royal Canadian Air Force stations established under the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan. Cooperation with the United States military weather services is also examined.
Morley Thomas, a metman during World War II, continued with the Meteorological Service after the war and was director general of the Canadian Climate Centre when he retired. Since then he has researched and written on the history of meteorology in Canada. Previous books include The Beginnings of Canadian Meteorology (1991) and Forecasts for Flying (1996).
Published: January 2001
Dimensions: 6 x 9 in.