Why are weather forecasters called meteorologists?
The term meteorology has been around as long as Aristotle, which places it in about 340 B.C. The Greek philosopher wrote a book called Meteorologica, in which he discussed clouds, wind, lightning, snow, and climate changes. He called it Meteorologica because it dealt with things that fell from the sky, like meteors. The word stuck, and thus a person who forecasts the weather has come to be called a meteorologist because he or she studies things that fall from the sky.