The dissemination of forecasts as shown by postcards


I’ve got a small collection of postcards showing several ways that forecasts were disseminated to the public.  There were kiosks located in downtown.  The kiosks look to be of a standard design. The kiosk in Madison, WI came complete with instruments. The use of flags is highlighted in a few cards. One card that explains the meaning of the various flags is actually a Weather Bureau form.  And lastly there’s the card showing “weather lights” on the top of the John Hancock building in Boston, MA.  The card is from 1957.

To see a weather flag and cards just click below:


The following is from the 1890 Weather Bureau Annual Report. It indicates the benefit of using flags and telegrams for the disseminating local forecasts.

1890 signal section


To see a few more items related to the dissemination of forecasts check out another one of my pages. Select “My Collection of Weather Bureau Artifacts” on the main menu and then select “My Collection – Disseminating the Forecast”.