Pat Shingleton: "When it all Began..."
Sources for weather information are unlimited, including the Internet, mobile applications and standard television and radio broadcasts. In 1871, the first official U.S. Weather Forecasts were issued. As noted in a previous column, the "new" service was launched from the Signal Office under the auspices of the War Department. Excited about the new service, The New York Times posted for the first time in their headline: "Official Weather Predictions." The means in which the Signal Office dispensed their first forecast included observer-sergeants positioned around the country. Housed in the War Department and structured under the Chief Signal Officer, the Division of Telegrams was officially responsible for telegraphing the force of storms.