The history of weather observing in Portland, Maine, 1722-2004, including Fort Preble
Corporate Authors:Climate Database Modernization Program (U.S.)
History/Fort Preble (Me.)
Description:"The goal of this study is to document the primary weather observational path at Portland, Maine, leading to the current and on-going National Weather Service observing program. The major challenge was to identify and define the roots of the path that began in the 1700s and continued through many times of significant transition. Extrinsic observations, i.e., those by Smithsonian and Voluntary (or Cooperative) observers, are considered in relation to the beginning of the central observational stream eventually established by the Army surgeons, Signal Service, and Weather Bureau. This does not minimize the importance of these collateral observations, but rather to focus on the original events that led to the routine, formal weather observing program of modern times"--P. 2.
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