Climate and Weather

Weather Prediction

When did modern weather forecasting begin?

On May 14, 1692, a weekly newspaper, A Collection for the Improvement of Husbandry and Trade, gave a seven-day table with pressure and wind readings for the comparable dates of the previous year. Readers were expected to make up their own forecasts from the data. Other journals soon followed with their own weather features. In 1771, a new journal called the Monthly Weather Paper was completely devoted to weather prediction. The first daily newspaper weather report was published on August 31, 1848 in the Daily News in London. The first daily weather forecast was published in the Times of London in 1860. The first broadcast of weather forecasts was done by the University of Wisconsin’s station 9XM at Madison, Wisconsin, on January 3, 1921.


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