Weather satellites

  • Pat Norris
Part of the Springer Praxis Books book series (PRAXIS)


The arrival of the telegraph in North America in the mid 1800s led to the invention of weather forecasting as we know it. Not the “red sky at night shepherd’s or sailor’s delight” type of forecast, but a recognition that weather conditions are transferred from one place to the next by the winds. Cleveland Abbe is usually cited as the first modern weather observer, initiating a network of weather stations linked by telegraph in 1869. The success of this initiative led to the creation of the national weather service in 1870. Run by the US Army Signal Corps, Cleveland Abbe was appointed its chief scientist.


European Space Agency Geostationary Satellite Weather Information Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite National Weather Service 
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  • Pat Norris
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  1. 1.ByfleetUK

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