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Our National Weather Service has its roots in Nineteenth Century science weather service logoand policy. The Army Surgeon General began a coordinated attempt to obtain weather observations from Army posts as early as 1814, followed by a national network of observers reporting telegraphically to the Smithsonian in the late 1840's and 1850's, and then the establishment of a true National weather observation network under the Army Signal Corps in 1870. Since that time there has been a tradition of accuracy, devotion to duty, and innovation in the methods and technologies of weather observation. Below is some of the history of the development of that tradition....
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A Short Account of the Circumstances Attending the Inception of Weather Forecast Work by the United States
Professor Cleveland Abbe's account of the beginnings of the U.S Weather Bureau.

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Signal Service Years (1870 - 1891)
Personal views of early meteorologists.

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National Weather Service Celebrates 125th Anniversary
Press release announcing the NWS Anniversary - February, 1995.
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Cooperative Weather Observers
History of the Weather Service's network of volunteer weather observers.

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