Edward Hall Bowie, Principal Meteorologist
and Regional Director of the Weather Bureau at San Francisco,
died July 29 at his home in Berkeley, Calif., after a brief
illness. During his earlier years in the Weather Bureau he specialized
in forecasting and devoted many years to the development and
improvement of weather forecasting technique, until he became
the foremost forecaster of the Bureau, serving for many years
as its supervising forecaster at the Washington office.
was born in Annapolis Junction, Md., on March 29, 1874, and
attended St. John's College, Annapolis, Md., which later conferred
upon him the degree of Master of Science. He entered the service
of the U.S. Weather Bureau in December 1891 when the Bureau
was just organized as a service in the Department of Agriculture
by transfer of the meteorological service from the Signal Corps,
U.S. Army. His first service was as assistant observer in meteorology
at Memphis, Tenn. Thereafter he served at Montgomery, Ala.,
Dubuque, Iowa, Galveston, Tex., St. Louis, Mo., Washington,
D.C., and San Francisco, Calif., being successively promoted
in grades. He had the longest record of service of anyone in
Bowie has made valuable contributions to the literature on weather
forecasting, publishing in the Monthly Weather Review in 1906
an article on the "Method for Predicting Movements of Cyclones";
also, senior author of "Types of Storms of the United States"
and "Types of Anticyclones of the United States" and further
"The Formation and Movement of West Indian Hurricanes," 1922.
He was a member of the board of editors of the "Weather Forecasting
in the United States," 1916.
accomplishments in the field of forecasting in the United States
attracted attention and became well known internationally. At
the beginning of World War I he was commissioned as Major in
the Signal Corps, U.S. Army, September 8, 1917, and went overseas
in charge of the general forecast work for the American Expeditionary
Forces in France. He returned to the Weather Bureau on November
30, 1918, for forecasting assignment in charge of the Washington,
D.C., forecast district.
1924 Major Bowie was transferred in charge of the district forecast
center of the Weather Bureau at San Francisco, Calif., where
was centered increasingly important weather service on the Pacific
coast. In 1936 he conducted a survey of the situation with regard
to weather reports in the Pacific area and visited the meteorological
services of the Far East for the purpose of improving meteorological
service in the interest of ocean navigation. Later he was designated
as the Weather Bureau representative at the Wellington Conference
of the Southwest Pacific Commission of the International Meteorological
Organization. These trips resulted in important improvements
in ocean meteorology.
was an exacting and efficient administrator and a gentleman
with a charm of personality; he always inspired confidence in
the Weather Bureau service and gained and held the good will
of the public and interests served. His long career to its close
comprehended conscientious and continuous devotion to the Weather
Bureau and public service.
Born March 29, 1874, near Bowie, Maryland; attended St. John's
College, Annapolis, Maryland; entered the Weather Bureau in December,
1891; died July 29, 1943, at Berkeley, California.
pursued with enthusiasm the career of a meteorologist for more
than fifty years. In the organization of the Meteorological
Section of the American Geophysical Union, he was quite active.
He took a leading part, during World War I, in organizing a
meteorological service for the A.E. F., and at the time of his
death was president of the American Meteorological Society of
which he was a charter member.
interest he developed in forecasting induced him to do a prodigious
amount of reading in that and related fields. Few have studied
weather maps with greater assiduity and understanding. As a
result, he made many practical and important contributions to
our knowledge of making both short-range and extended forecasts.
and quick to make decisions, his alert mind and broad vision,
bulwarked by an unusual background of meteorological experience,
caused his opinions to be much sought. -- R. H. Weightman.
[Weather Bureau Topics and Personnel, August 1943]
[Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, Volume
26, June, 1945. P. 243.]