Semi-important events that are semi-relevant to meteorology: August 16
1650 - Vincenzo Coronelli is born. He is a well known cartographer and cosmographer.
1906 - An estimated 8.2 magnitude earthquake strikes Valparaíso, Chile. 3,886 people are killed.
1907 - James Hector, a well known Scottish geologist, naturalist, and surgeon, dies. He is most well known for going on the Palliser Expedition, which was a British expedition through the prairies and wilderness of Canada from 1857 to 1860. The purpose was to discover new plant species as well as a possible path for the Canadian Pacific Railway. He also did extensive work in New Zealand.
1957 - Irving Langmuir dies. Originally a chemist, in his later years his interests turned toward meteorology and atmospheric science. He theorized about cloud seeding in that one could, theoretically, introduce dry ice or iodide into a really moist cloud that has a low temperature in order to activate precipitation. The Langmuir Laboratory for Atmospheric Research in New Mexico is named after him.
1989 - Trading in the Toronto stock market comes to a stop when a geomagnetic storm created by a solar flare affects micro chips.