Pat Shingleton: “Forecasting Accomplishments”


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The 1800s were years of accomplishment in meteorological circles.  In 1842, Elias Loomis produces the first weather map of an 1836 storm.  Two years later, Samuel Morse perfects the telegraph, enabling transmission of weather observations.  In 1870, a National Weather Forecast Bureau officially begins, the word forecast is established and 22 sites begin observing weather for the Army Signal Corps.  Congress organizes the Weather Bureau in 1890; the name remains until 1967, when it’s changed to the National Weather Service.  By 1891, the Secretary of Agriculture ordered detonation of explosives in the air for rain-making experiments.  At the end of the 1890s, data from balloons and kites provide the first soundings from the upper layers of the atmosphere, leading to the discovery of the stratosphere. In 1903, Orville Wright seeks the advice of the Weather Bureau before making his historic flight at Kitty Hawk, N.C. The following year, airplanes are used to collect atmospheric data. German engineer, Christain Hulsmeyer becomes the first to use radio waves to detect ships at sea to prevent collisions. In 1924, radar is born.  By 1927, the first radio-wind-sounding device

Source: Pat Shingleton: “Forecasting Accomplishments”

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