They were Thomas Jefferson and Harry Truman.
On the eve of another inauguration, I thought
you might enjoy learning more.
President Truman had the Weather Bureau deliver the morning weather map to his Oval Office desk every morning. He once told Francis Reichelderfer, then Chief of the Weather Bureau, “Your forecasts are no damn good!” Harry was also member of the American Meteorological Society (AMS). In 1957, he gave the welcoming address to the AMS conference on severe storms which was held in Kansas City.
Under a portrait of Jefferson, former president Truman proudly held a weather map at the Truman Library in 1957.
From left, Ken Spengler of the American Meteorological Society; Howard Orville, U.S. Navy; Truman; Robert Fletcher, U.S. Air Force; and Harry Jacobson, U. S. Weather Bureau.