Meteorology in America, 1800-1870

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Fleming's book, based on his dissertation, traces the rise of the science of meteorology in the United States in the nineteenth century. The author emphasis the work of the Meteorological Project at the Smithsonian Institution from 1848 to 1869. Created by Smithsonian Secretary Joseph Henry, the Meteorological Project used a network of volunteers to record climate information and send it to the Smithsonian via the growing telegraph network. The project established the west to east pattern of storms in North America and led to the founding of the National Weather Service.


  • Henry, Joseph 1797-1878
  • Meteorological Project
  • National Weather Service


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