An essay by Dana Professor of Science, Technology, and Society James Rodger Fleming about Carl Rossby and his early efforts to study weather using hydrogen balloons and radiosondes was published April 17 in the Boston Globe’s “Ideas” section. Under the headline “Oysters, beer, and a meteorological breakthrough” Fleming describes Rossby’s early efforts to study the atmosphere to predict weather and the enormous impact he had on the science of meteorology. Fleming recently published the book Inventing Atmospheric Science (MIT Press, 2016).