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The American Meteorological Society advances the atmospheric and related sciences, technologies, applications, and services for the benefit of society.

AMS FAQs will answer questions often received at Headquarters, with the goal of providing further insight into the organization, administration, and operation of the Society. AMS will publish answers to questions deemed to be of general interest. Questions will be added on a regular basis, and all questions received will be reviewed and updated as appropriate. Please forward candidate questions for AMS FAQs may be addressed to: mailto: amsfaq@ametsoc.org.  Specific questions regarding your account, membership status, or other AMS activity may also be addressed directly to AMS staff.

Questions of a general nature regarding meteorology and related sciences can often be answered by searching the Internet with popular search engines. In addition, there are a number of Web sites that specialize in listing meteorological resources, such as:

The University of Michigan "WeatherNet" http://cirrus.sprl.umich.edu/wxnet/

The NWS Industrial Meteorology Web site http://www.nws.noaa.gov/im/index.html

Yahoo Meteorology Page http://dir.yahoo.com/Science/Earth_Sciences/Atmospheric_Sciences/Meteorology/

History of Meteorology Resources
History of the AMS

The American Meteorological Society was founded in 1919 by Charles Franklin Brooks of the Blue Hill Observatory in Milton, Massachusetts. Its initial membership came primarily from the U.S. Signal Corps and U.S. Weather Bureau and numbered just less than 600. Its initial publication, the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, was meant to serve as a supplement to the Monthly Weather Review, which, at the time, was published by the U.S. Weather Bureau.

History of the House at 45 Beacon Street
History of the House at 45 Beacon Street

In 1806 Charles Bulfinch (a famous Boston architect) completed the house at 45 Beacon Street for Boston's third mayor, Harrison Gray Otis. Otis resided in this house until his death in 1848. After Otis's death there were three owners of the house until the American Meteorological Society purchased and renovated it in 1958. Executives and staff moved into their new headquarters in 1960. more information...

History of the AMS Seal
History of the AMS Seal

In the May, 1920 issue of the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, there is a brief announcement concerning the submission of designs for a Seal. A Seal Committee, consisting of C.F. Brooks (Secretary) and C.F Marvin (a member of the governing Council) formulated the requirements that "the Seal should show the two Americas, that it should show something meteorological, and that the manifold applications of meteorology should be indicated." A design by Lieut. C.N. Keyser was approved by the Seal Committee and put to a vote before the attendees at the Annual Meeting in 1920. Though there is no record in the Bulletin of a favorable vote, the Seal design seems to have gone into use immediately. more information...