In one form or another, the National Weather Service has been around for over 135 years now. Originally part of the War Department’s Signal Corps, the first meteorologists of the NWS issued their first forecast on November 1, 1870. When you read the forecast, it doesn’t sound much like the forecasts that you see on TV or hear on the radio today, which just goes to show how many changes have been made in the technology of weather forecasting and in the art of communicating forecasts. On today’s episode of Weather Break, we take a look at the first forecast ever issued by the fledgling Weather Service to see what we can learn from this early attempt at weather prediction.
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