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Weather by the NumbersThe Genesis of Modern Meteorology$
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Kristine C. Harper

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780262083782

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262083782.001.0001

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:: A Changing Atmosphere: From Developmental to Operational Numerical Weather Prediction (1952–1955)

:: A Changing Atmosphere: From Developmental to Operational Numerical Weather Prediction (1952–1955)

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Weather by the Numbers
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Kristine C. Harper

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262083782.003.0008

This chapter details the progress toward operational numerical weather prediction. All three weather services—the Navy, the Air Force, and the Weather Bureau—which were members of the Joint Meteorological Committee of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, coordinated the details of the new Joint Numerical Weather Prediction Unit (JNWPU) to be located in Suitland, Maryland. Despite challenges, they produced the first “operational” weather map in May 1955—almost three years after deciding to move numerical weather prediction from the realm of research to operations. In so doing, the three weather services advanced numerical techniques more quickly than would have been possible in the less time-critical research environment.

Keywords:   Meteorology Project, operational models, weather forecasting, US Weather Bureau, Joint Meteorological Committee, Weather Prediction Unit

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