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NOAA's National Weather Service (NWS) Collection
Catalog of Images

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Three black widow P-61 night fighters silhouetted against a thunderhead prior to separating and penetrating the thunderstorm at three different levels for meteorological readings. These planes were an intrinsic part of "The Thundersto rm Project," the classic first large-scale experiment to study atmospheric phenomena. In: "Weatherwise," Vol. 1, No. 3, June 1948, cover.
1947 Circa
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In general agreement that this was an inappropriate place to launch a meteorological rocket.
Circa 1968
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Weighing a rocket prior to launch assuring the right amount of fuel on board.
Circa 1968
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Securing the nose cone of an Atlantic Research Corporation meteorological rocket prior to launch.
Circa 1968
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Preparing an ARCAS meteorological rocket for launch.
Circa 1968
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Preparing a meteorological rocket for launch.
Circa 1968
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Preparing to launch a rocket for upper air observations.
Circa 1968
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Launching a rocket for upper air observations.
Circa 1968
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Launching a rocket for upper air observations.
Circa 1968
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"Launching a Weather Bureau Kite from the "SENECA" during the International Ice Patrol, to Explore the Air over the Ocean." In: "Meteorology" by Charles F. Talman, 1922. P. 289. Library Call Number M T151m.
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Exploring the upper air. Left: Beginning of a pilot balloon flight. Right: Sending up a sounding balloon. Note the parachute which wafts the basket of instruments gently to the ground after the balloon bursts. In: "Meteorology" by Charles F. Talman, 1922. Library Call Number M T151m.
Circa 1920
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Top: "Meteorograph for use with sounding balloon." Bottom: "Kite Meteorograph." In: "Meteorology" by Charles F. Talman, 1922. P. 33.
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"A snow surveyor at work. Note the cylindrical snow sampler, with its serrated cutting edge, and spring balance for weighing the sample of snow." In: "Meteorology" by Charles F. Talman, 1922. P. 289. Library Call Number M T151m.
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"Gaging the thirst of the air." The observer is measuring the depth of water in the evaporation pan with a graduated glass tube (burette.) In: "The Realm of the Air" by Charles F. Talman, 1931. Library Call Number M/0030 T151r.
1925 circa
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"Measuring rainfall." Showing the standard eight-inch rain gauge used by the Weather Bureau. In: "The Realm of the Air" by Charles F. Talman, 1931. Library Call Number M/0030 T151r.
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Instrument shelter as shown on old fashioned glass lantern slide.
1915 Circa
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Instrument shelter as shown on old fashioned glass lantern slide.
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Building an instrument shelter - possibly for use with cooperative observing network. From an old-fashioned glass lantern slide.
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Building an instrument shelter - possibly for use with cooperative observing network. From an old-fashioned glass lantern slide.
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Antennas, probably at Greenbury Point, Maryland, in about 1920. These were U. S. Navy communications antennas meant to communicate with Europe during the First World War and probably also with ships. Perhaps this slide was meant to illustrate the potential of wireless radio communication for weather dissemination. From an old-fashioned glass lantern slide.
Maryland, Greenbury Point, 1920 circa
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Preparing to launch a meteorological kite. Note attached meteorograph on kite.
1910 ca.
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Kite operations at Dodge City Weather Bureau kite station. The person on the right is Clarence W. Canfield, the kite-reeler. The other two individuals from left to right are probably George Todd and W. S. Beldere (sp.?).
Kansas, Dodge City 1898, June 16
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A strong supercell thunderstorm drops hail, with the WSR-88D Doppler radar at New Underwood, SD in the foreground.
South Dakota, New Underwood 2004 May 26
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The driveway to the WSR-88D at NWS WFO DTX is usually barren and lonely, but not on the day of the NOAA In The Great Lakes open house. Instead, the hilltop trail was turned into a parking lot for the over-500 guests that were hosted.
Michigan, near White Lake 2006 September 30
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Ray Gonzalez, RS Information Systems Lead Technician working on the Open Radar Data Acquisition (ORDA) upgrade at Western Arkansas NWS radar site.
Arkansas, Western weather radar site 2006 January 9
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NWS Radar Tower & Radome with rainbow in the distance.
Hawaii, Kauai 2006 February 9
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NWS Radar Tower and Radome
Utah, Salt Lake City 2006 June 12
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SCR-658 radio direction finder used to track radiosonde balloons Termed "bedsprings" antenna
1945-1946?
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SCR-658 radio direction finder used to track radiosonde balloons Woman observer indicates WWII or just after war time frame World War II expanded the opportunities for women in the Weather Bureau
1945-1946
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The track of Hurricane Donna as tracked by radar - Photo #1 of sequence Not the first hurricane seen on radar, this was the best tracked at time
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The track of Hurricane Donna as tracked by radar - Photo #2 of sequence Not the first hurricane seen on radar, this was the best tracked at time
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The track of Hurricane Donna as tracked by radar - Photo #3 of sequence Not the first hurricane seen on radar, this was the best tracked at time
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The track of Hurricane Donna as tracked by radar - Photo #4 of sequence Not the first hurricane seen on radar, this was the best tracked at time
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The track of Hurricane Donna as tracked by radar - Photo #5 of sequence Not the first hurricane seen on radar, this was the best tracked at time
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The track of Hurricane Donna as tracked by radar - Photo #6 of sequence Not the first hurricane seen on radar, this was the best tracked at time
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The track of Hurricane Donna as tracked by radar - Photo #7 of sequence Not the first hurricane seen on radar, this was the best tracked at time
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The track of Hurricane Donna as tracked by radar - Photo #8 of sequence Not the first hurricane seen on radar, this was the best tracked at time
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The track of Hurricane Donna as tracked by radar - Photo #9 of sequence Not the first hurricane seen on radar, this was the best tracked at time
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The track of Hurricane Donna as tracked by radar - Photo #10 of sequence Not the first hurricane seen on radar, this was the best tracked at time
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The track of Hurricane Donna as tracked by radar - Photo #11 of sequence Not the first hurricane seen on radar, this was the best tracked at time
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The track of Hurricane Donna as tracked by radar - Photo #12 of sequence Not the first hurricane seen on radar, this was the best tracked at time
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The track of Hurricane Donna as tracked by radar - Photo #13 of sequence Not the first hurricane seen on radar, this was the best tracked at time
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The track of Hurricane Donna as tracked by radar - Photo #14 of sequence Not the first hurricane seen on radar, this was the best tracked at time
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Aircraft APS-45 radar image of Hurricane Donna. Aircraft located at + mark on photograph near the NE eyewall of the hurricane.
Western Atlantic near Grand Turk Island 1960, September 6, 2215
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Radar image of Hurricane Donna on its closest approach to Miami illustrating all the features of a classic hurricane.
Near Miami, Florida 1960, September 10
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Image of PPI scope of SPS-6 radar on the USS MIDWAY showing rare January hurricane northeast of British Virgin Islands. This was hurricane Alice. Monthly Weather Review, August 1962, p. 364.
Northeast of British Virgin Islands 1955, January 1
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Hurricane Abby approaching the coast of British Honduras. Note the complete eyewall cloud.
Near British Honduras (Belize) July 15, 1960
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A non-tornadic spiral shaped radar echo is apparent in the lower left quadrant of the scope image. Observed on AFB CPS-9 PPI scope. The spiral echo is about 90 miles southwest of radar location. The set was on long pulse (5 microsecond) and the antenna was elevated 1 degree.
Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama 1959, July 1, 1501 CST
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Photo # 1 Meriden, Kansas, tornado as seen on Topeka Weather Bureau WSR-3 radar. Topeka Weather Bureau WSR-3 radar. The classic hook patterns as seen on radar were indicative of a tornado. However, absence of a hook did not preclude presence of a tornado. This tornado destroyed Meriden, Kansas. Monthly Weather Review, June 1962, p. 236.
Topeka, Kansas, radar observations 1960, May 19 1728-1840 CST
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Photo # 2 Meriden, Kansas, tornado as seen on Topeka Weather Bureau WSR-3 radar. This tornado passed to the north of the Topeka Weather Bureau radar installation. The tornado destroyed Meriden. Monthly Weather Review, June 1962, p. 237.
Topeka, Kansas, radar observations 1960, May 19 1842-1907 CST

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