Weather Fundamentals

Early Weather History

What makes the Historia Naturalis important in the history of meteorology?

The Historia Naturalis was written by Pliny the Elder (23–79 C.E.) and contained, among other scientific observations, an ambitious survey of weather conditions from Rome, Greece, Egypt, and Babylon. As with the earlier Meteorologica and On Weather Signs, though, it was still an inaccurate mix of objective science and myth-inspired superstition.


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