A bit of history - weather observation and forecasting

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Our founding fathers were weather nuts. From current-day weather nut Cliff Mass:

The Revolutionary Weather Observers
It is not well known that the founders of the American republic were avid amateur meteorologists, with many of them taking weather observations daily.  George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, and others were intrigued about the meteorology and climate of the new nation and deeply curious about the natural world.

By the time of the American revolution, relatively decent thermometers, barometers, and rain gauges were available, and taking weather observations was all the rage.
Take Thomas Jefferson, our third President and the primary author of the Declaration of Independence.

He started taking observations in Monticello, VA in the early 1770s, doing so twice a day....once at dawn and again at 4 PM. On his way to Philadelphia in 1776, he picked up a thermometer and took FOUR observations on July 4, 1776.

Amazingly, the high temperature that day was 76F!

More at the site - our nation has a fascinating history. It is a shame that the communists seek to overwrite it with their fallacious garbage.

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