12.8.11 Discovering Lewis & Clark

Fog in the Hollars

‘Fog in the Hollars’

The understanding of the earth’s atmosphere and the development of the science of meteorology increased steadily during the early 19th century. In 1803, for example, the British meteorologist Luke Howard introduced the names of the basic cloud formations–cirrus, cumulus, stratus, nimbus, and their combinations. Lewis probably was unaware of Howard’s contribution, for he never used any of those terms in reporting the weather.

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