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

1950 thumbnail picture
Washed out railroad tracks on the west side of Columbus.
Ohio, Columbus 1913 March 25 or 26, 1913
1951 thumbnail picture
Damage at Broad Street and Rogers Avenue.
Ohio, Columbus 1913 March 25 or 26, 1913
1952 thumbnail picture
All that is left of a home on Sandusky Street.
Ohio, Columbus 1913 March 25 or 26, 1913
1953 thumbnail picture
Chicago Avenue with automobiles.
Ohio, Columbus 1913 March 25 or 26, 1913
1954 thumbnail picture
A rescue boat on Broad Street.
Ohio, Columbus 1913 March 25 or 26, 1913
1955 thumbnail picture
T&OC&W. Yard (may not have read abbreviation correctly). Near Broad Street.
Ohio, Columbus 1913 March 25 or 26, 1913
1956 thumbnail picture
Sign states the obvious. Maybe the sign was put up on a more benign day.
1960 circa
1957 thumbnail picture
Rescue team in flooded neighborhood.
2010 circa
1958 thumbnail picture
Flood damage to a house in Maui.
Hawaii, Maui 2007 December
1959 thumbnail picture
NOAA IBM supercomputers used for climate and weather forecasts.
2009 September 8
1960 thumbnail picture
An early Signal Service weather map on record in NOAA Library - September 1, 1872 Careful compilation and study of these maps led to scientific forecasting. In: "Daily Bulletin of Weather-Reports ... for the Month of September, 1872
September 1, 1872
1961 thumbnail picture
United States weather map for the day
1900 circa
1962 thumbnail picture
Signal Tower for Storm Warning Flags used by day, lanterns by night. Used to warn mariners In: "The Boy and the U.S. Weather Men", 1917, p.236
1910 circa
1963 thumbnail picture
Coast Guard aircraft used to drop hurricane warnings to sponge fishermen
West coast of Florida 1938 circa
1964 thumbnail picture
National weather map outside of Department of Commerce Building
1940 circa
1965 thumbnail picture
Among earliest Signal Service Weather maps
August 26, 1871
1966 thumbnail picture
Signal Service Weather map showing huge storm system over Great Lakes region
December 29, 1889
1967 thumbnail picture
Weather Bureau weather map showing cold wave in center of country Northeaster attacking mid-Atlantic states
January 25, 1905
1968 thumbnail picture
Northeaster pounding New England while brutally cold in Chicago
December 30, 1909
1969 thumbnail picture
Weather Bureau kiosk helping get out the word to small town America
1910 circa
1970 thumbnail picture
Weather Bureau kiosk helping get out the word to small town America
1910 circa
1971 thumbnail picture
Weather Bureau signals for informing the public
1972 thumbnail picture
Plotting the weather for the navigators of the air
Ca. 1935
1973 thumbnail picture
Young entrepreneur uses weather as a selling point
Ca. 1925
1974 thumbnail picture
Typical air weather products available for pilots
Ca. 1950
1975 thumbnail picture
Regional headquarters meteorologist keeping track of aviation weather
1976 thumbnail picture
Using a teletypewriter to transmit weather information
Ca. 1947
1977 thumbnail picture
Advertising brochure for teletypewriter used by Weather Service
Ca. 1954
1978 thumbnail picture
Signal Service telephone exchange Weather Service had moved to Agriculture Widespread telephone use was major step in communications revolution Helped spread word quicker of impending bad weather
1898
1979 thumbnail picture
Service C teletypewriter system
Ca. 1960
1980 thumbnail picture
Service A teletypewriter system
Ca. 1960
1981 thumbnail picture
Teletypewriters in action; transmitting and receiving weather data from the U.S.
Ca. 1955
1982 thumbnail picture
Storm signals warning mariners in New York Harbor. The two flags in the center of the image are cautionary flags indicating strong offshore winds that could blow a vessel far from shore. In: "History of the Signal Service," 1884.
1883
1983 thumbnail picture
Signal flags used at Weather Bureau Display Stations. In: The Aims and Methods of Meteorological Work by Cleveland Abbe. In: Maryland Weather Service, Johns Hopkins Press, Baltimore, 1899. Vol I. Page 296.
1984 thumbnail picture
Signal flags used at Weather Bureau Display Stations. In: The Aims and Methods of Meteorological Work by Cleveland Abbe. In: Maryland Weather Service, Johns Hopkins Press, Baltimore, 1899. Vol I. Page 296.
1985 thumbnail picture
Storm signal In: The Climate and Weather of Baltimore by Oliver L. Fassig. In: Maryland Weather Service, Johns Hopkins Press, Baltimore, 1899. Vol. II. Page 304.
1986 thumbnail picture
Weather Bureau Circular No. 1
1870
1987 thumbnail picture
"A Glass Weather Map of the United States Weather Bureau." In: "Our Weather" by Charles F. Talman, 1931. P. 224. Library Call Number MT151o.
1988 thumbnail picture
"Weather forecasts for aviators" as bulletined at an airport station. Weather Bureau meteorologist preparing pilot briefing board at San Francisco. In: "The Realm of the Air" by Charles F. Talman, 1931. Library Call Number Library Call Number M/0030 T151r.
1989 thumbnail picture
"A Weather Bureau Kiosk, in Union Square, San Francisco." In: "Meteorology" by Charles F. Talman, 1922. P. 320. Library Call Number M/0030 T151m.
1990 thumbnail picture
A meteorologist at the console of the IBM 7090 electronic computer in the Joint Numerical Weather Prediction Unit. This computer was used to process weather data for short and long-range forecasts, analyses, and research.
Suitland, Maryland 1965 Circa
1991 thumbnail picture
View of the electronic computer complex at the National Meteorological Center.
Suitland, Maryland 1965 Circa
1992 thumbnail picture
Teletype operators at the U. S. Weather Bureau Communications Center.
Suitland, Maryland 1955 Circa
1993 thumbnail picture
Weather Bureau meteorologist reading a weather map hot off the facscimile machine.
Washington, D.C.
1994 thumbnail picture
Thomas D. Whitely inspecting facscimile map.
Washington, D.C. 1946 ca.
1995 thumbnail picture
Thomas D. Whitely showing electronics racks of weather map facscimile machine.
Washington, D.C.
1996 thumbnail picture
Thomas D. Whitely working with electronic equipment.
Washington, D.C.
1997 thumbnail picture
Messenger boy Thomas D. Whitely ready to hurry to newspaper offices and radio stations with copy of latest forecast. Foreman John G. Strobel passing forecast to Whitely. In: The Sunday Star, Washington, D.C. Gravure Section. October 31, 1937.
Washington, D.C. 1937 October
1998 thumbnail picture
Mimeographing copies of the forecast to pass on to bicycle messenger Thomas D. Whitely for carrying on to newspapers and radio stations. In: The Sunday Star, Washington, D.C. Gravure Section. October 31, 1937.
Washington, D.C. 1937 October
1999 thumbnail picture
Early weather map published in: "Les Bases de la Meteorologie Dynamique" by M. le Dr. H. Hildebrand Hildebrandsson et M. Leon Teisserenc de Bort. Published 1900. Volume 2. Library Call No. M/0440 H642. Although published in 1900, the map displayed weather conditions for 7 May, 1865.
1865 May 7

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