1960’s weather satellite film

In the 1960’s the Encyclopedia Britannica produced a 16mm film on weather satellites. I purchased the film on eBay in 2015.  Thanks to the College Heights Instrument Weather Museum at Western Kentucky University the film was converted to a digital format. The video, which runs for 13 minutes, is available via dropbox.com. Just send me a request at imappalive1@gmail.com.

As a well worn meteorologist it was a special joy to see all the old equipment.

Here are a few images from the film:  

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Ground observations from over 1,000 stations were sent to the weather central via teletype.

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Teletype circuits from all across North America brought observations to the satellite center.

Weather satellite snapshot test

Here’s a high speed computer reading a magnetic tape. This was the storage media after punch cards and before disks.

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Teletype data were punched on paper tape for reading by meteorologist.

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Satellite signals were received by ground stations.

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Images received were read into a kine-scope for filming and then printing.

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Weather maps were distributed to field stations via facsimile machines.

 

OTHER FILMS AND VIDEOS – NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE

The National Weather Service office in Charleston, West Virginia compiled a list of films and videos that dealt with various aspects of weather. The location of these 75 items is unknown. See: crwfilmvideo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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