Why do they call it meteorology? What do meteors have to do with predicting the weather?
—Arthur J. Bocek, Homewood
The word meteorology dates back to early Greece, around 340 B.C. when Aristotle wrote his treatise "Meteorologica," which covered that era's knowledge of weather and climate along with related subjects of geology, astronomy and oceanography. Aristotle was intensely interested in the atmospheric phenomena that he observed such as rain, snow, wind, lightning, thunder and rainbows. Since the Greeks referred to any particles that were suspended in or falling through the air as "meteors" the term meteorology came from his work and refers to the study of the physics, chemistry and dynamics of the Earth's atmosphere including the underlying science of weather and weather forecasting.