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Happy 150th Birthday National Weather Service


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Sharing this email that went out to all Weather-Ready Nation Ambassadors.

Weather-Ready Nation Ambassadors--

On Sunday, February 9, the National Weather Service celebrated its 150th Birthday!
On that date in 1870, President Ulysses S. Grant signed a Joint Resolution of Congress directing the Secretary of War to "provide for taking meteorological observations at the military stations in the interior of the continent, and at other points in the States and Territories...and for giving notice on the northern lakes and on the seacoast, by magnetic telegraph and marine signals, of the approach and force of storms." The service would pass to civilian control in 1891, becoming the Weather Bureau under the Dept. of Agriculture; then under the Dept. of Commerce in 1940. We became the National Weather Service when NOAA was organized in 1970, which also celebrates its 50th Birthday later this year.
To put this anniversary into perspective, consider this:
  • Our agency has been in existence for nearly two-thirds as long as the nation’s existence
  • Few Federal agencies have been in existence as long; even fewer with the one enduring mission of saving lives and property
  • No other agency touches every community, every day, as we do.
Our agency was built on the vision and determination of those who came before us. Moreover, this monumental achievement could not have happened without the support of Weather-Ready Nation Ambassadors like you as we have continued to focus on our fundamental mission: protect lives and property and enhance the nation’s economy.
But as we look back, we also look forward. Just as our heritage provides the context for where we are today, it also provides inspiration for sustaining the NWS well into the future as we Build a Weather-Ready Nation. With your continued support, we will do just that.
To learn more about our history please visit the NWS Heritage website at www.weather.gov/heritage.