View of Anna (Ann) Easterly Halterman
From 1942 until November, 1946, I worked for the Weather Bureau--
first at St. Louis, Missouri (Lambert Field), and then Wichita, Kansas.
I had two years of college and was studying to be an airline radio
operator at the time. The Weather Bureau contacted the school and
asked if any of the students were interested. I began working for
the Bureau because personnel were needed and I felt it would be an
interesting career. At the time I worked for the Weather Bureau, my
name was Ann Easterly. I left the Bureau in November, 1946, to be
I had on-the-job training to be a weather observer.
My duties were to draw weather maps, take hourly readings, answer
phones, answer questions for the pilots, and do anything that needed
to be done. I worked all three shifts. There were approximately twelve
other people at my duty station. We worked eight-hour shifts - forty
hours a week and sometimes more if needed - depending on the weather.
There were no problems with the other Weather Bureau
employees. The best I can remember, morale on station was good--we
knew we had a job to do and did it. I thought that working for the
Weather Bureau during World War II was a very interesting and rewarding
job at the time I left, radar was beginning to be used. I would choose
to do it again because it's never dull. It was interesting work. One
reason I liked it was it was always different, there were no two days
the same. The weather was always different. I feel that one of my
major contributions was standing shifts alone, when no one else could
get to the station.
Twice the Flying Tigers needed ballast for their
planes. After shifts I went with them a couple of times. Surviving
as ballast for the Flying Tigers was one of the high points of my
career. The low point was when there was snow and ice on the steps
to the temperature shack; I missed the top step and slid all the way
down and injured my back--I still have trouble with it after all these
When we were on duty at Wichita, Kansas, the wind
would blow constantly and we had trouble sometimes getting the weather
balloons to stay aloft and sometimes candle lites would go out and
we would be unable to track them.