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Tue Oct 27 13:09:54 EDT 2009
At 12:54 PM 10/26/2009, Todd Glickman wrote:
>It turns out because there is no national nor
>state licensing, anyone can call him/herself a meteorologist.
And in radio's early years, that's kind of what happened, with anyone
who wanted to predict the weather doing so. But gradually, the field
did get professionalized. Perhaps the first and best known local
radio weatherman in Boston was E.B. Rideout (the E stood for
Edward). His name became synonymous with forecasting. And as early
as 1925, the press referred to him as a meteorologist. E.B. was
known to have excellent credentials in the study of atmospheric
conditions, and other factors related to forecasting-- given how
primitive (compared to what weathercasters have today) his available
equipment was, it's amazing he was as accurate as he was. E.B.
Rideout was, of course, on the old WEEI (Edison Electric Illuminating
Company). WBZ's first meteorologist was also experienced in the
actual science of weather forecasting-- Geoffrey H. Noyes came from
the U.S. Weather Bureau, which is also where Rideout had worked
before going into broadcasting.
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