Last week Weather Break marked the 87th anniversary of the birth of Ted Fujita, one of the great minds in the science of studying severe weather. Today is the 110th anniversary of the birth of Jacob Bjerknes, a Norwegian meteorologist who is responsible for much of our modern understanding of how the atmosphere works. Among his many accomplishments is one of the first explanations of how fronts work and their role in the maintenance of the climate of the earth. Dr. Jon Schrage filed this report.
Jacob Bjerknes was the son of another great meteorologist, Vilhelm Bjerknes. Along with the other great meteorologists who made up the Bergen School of Meteorology, Jacob helped explain cyclogenesis, El Nino, and the role of fronts.