This resolution led to the formation of a Weather Service under the
United States Army Signal Service.
of Feb. 9, 1870, Sess. II, Res. 12, 16 Stat. 369 (1870)]
II. RES. 8, 12, 13, 15, 16. 1870. 569
12.] Joint Resolution to authorize the Secretary of War to
provide for taking meteorological Observations at the military Stations
and other Points in the Interior of the Continent, and for giving
Notice on the northern Lakes and Seaboard of the Approach and Force
it resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United
States of America in Congress assembled, That the Secretary
of War be, and he hereby is, authorized and required to provide for
taking meteorological observations at the military stations in the interior
of the continent, and at other points in the States and Territories
of the United States, and for giving notice on the northern lakes and
on the sea-coast, by magnetic telegraph and marine signals, of the approach
and force of storms.
APPROVED, February 9, 1870.