Happy birthday weather forecast

posted Jul 12, 2012, 10:41 AM by Tom Kachelman   [ updated Jul 12, 2012, 10:42 AM ]
Today sees the 150th birthday of public weather forecasts. The world’s first public weather forecast was published on the 1st August 1861 and for the last 150 years the Met Office have continued to provide forecasts for the nation. Starting with the lines “general weather probable in the next two days”, the short piece which appeared in The Times in 1861 was a bold move which started forecasting as we know it today.
It was put together by Robert FitzRoy, a captain in the Royal Navy and a pioneer in the field of meteorology who headed up the department which later became the Met Office. In the video below I spend some time looking back at the history of the Met Office and some key events along the way.