Weather Forecasting

Essay by Mick FineJunior High, 9th gradeA+, February 1996

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Weather Forecasting

In researching this project I was amazed to find the many books

on this topic. After going through much information and reading an

enormous amount of writing on weather forecasting I can only come to

one conclusion that when all is considered the best forecasters can

only give an educated guess of what is in store for weather. Through

the many means at their disposal, such as satellites, ships at the ocean,

infrared, radio, and radar transmissions even with all of these

techniques no prediction is 100% accurate.

One question that I asked myself was 'when was the first weather

forecasting ever done?', I found out that in 1863 in Britain there was a

united forecasting system headed by Captain Robert Fitzroy. Captain

Fitzroy would send ships around Britain to warn people of storms and

such. However, he was often wrong and criticized and therefor

committed suicide. Since then there have been many other services,

but the largest one currently is the National Weather Service. The

National Weather Service gives predictions for all of the world through

satellite imagery for all countries. Also in recent history many local

television and radio stations have made private forecasts for small


Meteorologists are people who interpret the weather, the reason I

don't say predict the weather is because even though all forecasters

have the same information and data at their fingertips, the way that

they interpret what is in front of them can be different. Meteorologists

receive information from various sources, but their interpretation of

the data determines the accuracy of their prediction.

Someone might ask, 'If forecasters have so much information on

a particular area; how could they predict a...