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Alexander George McAdie ( Born 4 Aug 1863, died 1 Nov 1943)
American meteorologist who was a pioneer in employing kites in the
exploration of high altitude air conditions. As a college graduate, McAdie in Jan 1882 joined the Army Signal Service, which preceded the civilian U.S. Weather Bureau. He invented and patented devices to protect fruit from frost. He examined the influence of smoke pollution on the atmosphere, McAdie studied the relation between atmospheric electricity and auroral phenomena, and wrote about lightning as a hazard both in the air and on the ground. He believed that the units used in meteorology should be standardized by adoption of the metric system. McAdie was a founder of the Seismological Society of America. Mt. McAdie (13,799 ft.) in the Sierra Nevada was named for him.

Alexander G. McAdie, scientist and writer; in charge of the US Weather
Bureau in San Francisco, 1903-13; professor of meteorology at Harvard 1913-31. 'Our party had the honor of naming the peak directly south of Lone Pine Pass Mt. McAdie, to commemorate your services in advancing the science of climatology' (Letter, J. E. Church, Jr. to McAdie, March 18, 1905, in SCB 5, no. 4, June 1905: 317.) The name did not appear on the maps until the 15-minute quad was published in 1956.

Alexander McAdie was vice president of the Sierra Club from 1904-1913,
and was responsible for the naming of Mount Muir.

Mr. John W. McAntire, clerk at the Central Office, was retired at the termination of September 5, 1946, on account of disability. He was born in Joplin, Mo., on January 12, 1888. Mr. McAntire entered the Weather Bureau on February 26, 1942, as a guard (watchman). He was reclassified as a clerk and assigned to the Receiving Unit, Material Section, on July 1, 1943, where he remained until his retirement.
[Weather Bureau Topics and Personnel, October 1946, p.72]

Mr. John R. McArtor, mechanic (carpenter) at the Central Office, will be retired with the termination of August 31, 1931[sic, apparently meant 1932]. He was born in Loudoun County, Va., on July 22, 1865. Mr. McArtor entered the Weather Bureau service on July 14, 1924, by transfer from the Department of Commerce (Bureau of Standards) and spent his entire period of service in the bureau at the Central Office.

Mr. John R. McArtor, who was retired at the termination of August 31, 1932, died at his home in Washington, D.C., on March 16, 1937. An outline of his service and a notice of his retirement will be found in the August 1932 issue of this publication.
[Weather Bureau Topics and Personnel, August 1932]
[Weather Bureau Topics and Personnel, March 1937]

Mr. Joseph P. McAuliffe, meteorologist in charge at Corpus Christi, Tex., voluntarily retired at the termination of October 31, 1946, with over 36 years' active service in the Weather Bureau. Mr. McAuliffe was born on March 30, 1884, at Louisville, Ky. , and entered the Weather Bureau on May 16, 1910, at the Central Office as an observer. He subsequently served at Little Rock, Ark., Vicksburg, Miss., Raleigh, N.C., New York, N.Y., Jacksonville, Fla., Davenport, Iowa, and Taylor and Corpus Christi, Tex., respectively, serving as official in charge at Corpus Christi since January 1, 1922.
[Weather Bureau Topics and Personnel, January 1947, p. 92]

Mr. Daniel P. McCallum, who was connected with the Signal Corps and Weather Bureau from 1886 until 1913, when he resigned, died in this city on October 28, 1923. Mr. McCallum was born in England in 1870. His connection with the Signal Corps began with four years at the Central Office. Thereafter he served at southern and western stations, including Idaho Falls, Shreveport, Yankton, Des Moines, and Honolulu. -- October 1923

Mr. Bernard T. McCartney, who was in charge of the power plant of the Central Office form 1909 until he retired in 1923, died June 16, 1926.
[Weather Bureau Topics and Personnel, June 1926]

Mr. Phillip W. McDowell, observer at Rapid City, S. Dak., died on January 18, 1944. He was born in Glendive, Mont., on January 13, 1919. Mr. McDowell's service in the Weather Bureau began as minor observer on January 8, 1940. His entire service in the Bureau was at the Rapid City station.
[Weather Bureau Topics and Personnel, May 1944]

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