Login Register
 °

Timeline: Forecasts started in the era of Darwin

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: November 01, 2012

Comments (0)

1854: The Meteorological Department is set up by Captain, later Admiral, Robert FitzRoy, who commanded HMS Beagle on Darwin's historic expedition.

1879: Forecasts for newspapers began.

1922: The BBC broadcasts the first radio forecasts.

1936: The world's first television chart is transmitted.

1939: A system for collating data from the upper atmosphere is introduced.

1954: The BBC broadcasts first TV weather forecasts.

1959: London Weather Centre opens.

1962: The first computer is installed at the Met Office's headquarters in Bracknell.

1964: Satellite technology provides the first operational cloud pictures.

1981: Supercomputer CDC Cyber 205 is installed

1990: The Cray Y-MP is installed, giving more accurate representations of atmospheric changes.

1991: Second Cray introduced

1994: A single Cray C90 allows a six-fold increase in the speed of data processing.

1996: The Met Office becomes a Trading Fund.

2000: The Met Office's role expands to looks at the weather's impact on the environment, hydrology and oceanography.

2001: Construction of the new Exeter headquarters gets under way.

September 15, 2003: The first global forecast come out of the Exeter headquarters in Fitzroy Way.

Read more from Exeter Express and Echo

Do you have something to say? Leave your comment here...

max 4000 characters

YOUR COMMENTS AWAITING MODERATION

 
 
 

MORE NEWS HEADLINES