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Lieut. Clyde L. Hughes, who was employed as observer at the Chattanooga Weather Bureau prior to his enlistment in the military service on September 1, 1942, has been reported a prisoner of war in Germany. An article from a Key West (Fla.) newspaper states that "Mr. Hughes enlisted in the Army Air Corps as a cadet in August 1942, and received a commission in March 1943. He was sent overseas last November and has been stationed in England as Flying Fortress Pilot.
[Weather Bureau Topics and Personnel, May 1944]

Dr. William Jackson Humphreys was born at Gap Mills, West Virginia, on February 3, 1862. He entered the Weather Bureau July 1, 1905, as a meteorological physicist; from July 1, 1905 to June 30, 1908, he was supervising director of the Mount Weather Observatory, and after that date served continuously at the Central Office in Washington until his retirement form active service December 31, 1935.

With a training in physics which at that time was exceptional among meteorologists, Dr. Humphreys was able to make numerous contributions that materially advanced our understanding of atmospheric phenomena. His training in physics had been obtained at Washington and Lee University, at the University of Virginia, and at the Johns Hopkins University where he studied under the eminent physicist H. A. Rowland, and received the Ph.D. degree in 1897. At the time he entered the Weather Bureau, Dr. Humphreys had already completed a number of important physical researches, especially in the field of spectroscopy, the most notable of which was his investigation of the pressure shifts of spectrum lines, which ranks among the most fundamental contributions to physics ever made. In meteorology, he was the first to succeed in finding, in 1909, a physical explanation for the existence and the principal characteristics of the stratosphere.

A long list of papers and several books, both technical and popular, came from his pen, and established for him an international reputation. One of his most valuable services to meteorology was his treatise on the "Physics of the Air," which for some years after the publication of the first edition in 1920 remained unique in meteorological literature and is still a standard work. -- Edgar W. Woolard
[Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, Volume 26, June, 1945. pp. 237-238.]

Mr. Herbert C. Hunter ,principal clerk at the Central Office, was voluntarily retired at the termination of December 31, 1942. He was born at Newburyport, Mass., on September 17, 1875. Mr. Hunter's service in the Weather Bureau began as observer at New York on June 2, 1902. He was subsequently assigned as assistant to stations at Richmond, Cape Henry, Norfolk, Washington, and Mount Weather. He was returned to the Central Office on January 4, 1906 and remained there to the time of his retirement.

Mr. Herbert C. Hunter, who was retired at the termination of December 31, 1942, died at the Homeopathic Hospital in Washington, D.C., on July 3, 1943.
[Weather Bureau Topics and Personnel, May 1943]
[Weather Bureau Topics and Personnel, August 1943]

Mrs. Nellie A. Hurd, clerk in Climatological and Hydrologic Services Division of the Central Office, was retired at the termination of November 21, 1946, on account of disability. Mrs. Hurd was born in Toledo, Ohio, on September 24, 1892, and entered the Weather Bureau on May 16, 1940. Her entire Bureau Service has been at the Central Office. She previously had about 6 years' service in the Treasury Department during World War I.
[Weather Bureau Topics and Personnel, January 1947, p. 92]

Mr. Willis E. Hurd, associate meteorologist in the Climate and Crop Weather Division of the Central Office, was voluntarily retired at the termination of May 31, 1944. He was born at Newport, N.H., on February 2, 1875. His service in the Weather Bureau began as assistant observer on March 15, 1906 at Jacksonville. On September 23, 1910, he was transferred to the Central Office, where he served continuously in various divisions as clerk, scientific aid, and meteorologist.

Most of Mr. Hurd's work in the Weather Bureau related to the collection and discussion of ocean-weather reports for publication in the Monthly Weather Review and for use of the Hydrographic Office of the Navy in publishing pilot charts and sailing directions. A number of his special articles on ocean weather appeared on the pilot charts and received wide notice by mariners and climatologists throughout the world.
[Weather Bureau Topics and Personnel, July 1944]

Mr. John F. Hurley, who was retired January 17, 1928, died May 26, 1935, at Buffalo, N. Y. A notice of his retirement and a brief outline of his services will be found in Topics and Personnel for January 1928.
[Weather Bureau Topics and Personnel, May 1935]

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