Weird ways to predict the weather

From Atomic Frontier.

Weather forecasts are an essential part of the modern world, but how did we get here? We explore a dome of mathematicians, a butterfly-beating supercomputer, and some very smart leeches.

Covering some of the contributions of Dr George Merryweather, Vice-Admiral Robert FitzRoy, Prof Vilhelm Bjerknes, Dr Lewis Fry Richardson, Dr Joanne Simpson, Prof Edward Lorenz, and Geralt of Leechia.

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