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Pat Shingleton: "The 1st Forecast"

3 years 6 months 2 weeks ago Saturday, March 07 2015 Mar 7, 2015 March 07, 2015 3:00 AM March 07, 2015 in Pat Shingleton Column
By: Pat Shingleton

As an ambulance driver in World War I, Lewis Richardson performed numerical weather experiments that originally included cataloging sky conditions. As noted in a previous column, his calculations didn't contribute to a useful forecast but were later recognized as the beginning of modern weather predictions. He transferred his notations into a manuscript that was lost and later discovered in a coal bin and published. After his death in 1953 his publication was delivered to the National Weather Service and displayed in their Executive Suite. Richardson predicted that a "large hall-like theater, "filled with human computers would calculate conditions for a particular point on Earth. Those massive parallel computers execute calculations today.



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