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The Weather Forecast Center in 1888
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    "The Weather Service in 1888 was in the hands of the United States Signal Service. To its offices in Washington came a British traveler, Ralph Abercromby, a meteorologist and former Army officer with keen powers of observation and a flair for writing. This is how the Weather Service appeared to him more than 80 years ago, as he described it in his book, "Seas and Skies in Many Latitudes": Our primary object in visiting Washington was to inspect the United States Signal Office, which organises and controls the weather-forecasting system of the Union. General Hazen, the chief signal officer, received us courteously, and, besides giving us all the information in his power, introduced us to the leading heads of departments. Much interest attaches to this office, by far the largest weather bureau in the world, and the one that devotes its chief energies to the problem of weather changes from day to day, rather than to those questions of climate which occupy the leading place in almost all other similar organisations"--Page 1.
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