Atmospheres

Investigating the Weather from Aristotle to Ozone

Special Exhibition Gallery
20 November 2012 – 7 April 2013

Launching a balloon carrying a combined radiosonde, radiometersonde and ozonesonde in Antarctica, 1968.

Launching a balloon carrying a combined radiosonde, radiometersonde and ozonesonde in Antarctica, 1968.
(National Science Foundation)

Just like the weather itself, the history of meteorology has been both dramatic and dull. Intrepid balloonists risked their lives to reach higher in the atmosphere, while the selfless devotion of the daily observer was essential for the creation of reliable records.

This temporary exhibition presents a rich and surprising perspective on the weather, from medieval Oxford philosophers to modern investigations that are literally out of this world, as satellites and space probes research not just our weather but that of other planets too.

A collaboration with Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary Physics and the School of Geography and the Environment at the University of Oxford.

Clouds over MHS, November 2012.

Clouds over the Museum, November 2012.