2 5 years ago 5 0 years ago On the Demand for Extended Weather Fore- Climate Forecasts from the Past casts in Defense and War Activities Since planning agencies connected with defense ac- Historical records in the library of the U.S. Naval tivities and war services naturally must consider the Oceanographic Office, Suitland, Md., show that cli- effects of weather, and these activities have of late mate trends on record since the winter of 1279 fore- greatly expanded, the need for "extended" and longer cast an ice cycle that very likely holds true today. This range forecasts has accordingly multiplied. In re- observation was made by Martin Slessers after ten sponse to many requests for information about such years of translating Russian, Swedish, and German forecasts, the Weather Bureau has recently made books dealing with oceanography and related sci- public a statement of its position on the subject. ences. The gist of it resolves into three essential points. Until 1433, Mr. Slessers says, a bitter cold period Firstly, the Bureau fully recognizes the great impor- held sway; after that the weather began to warm up a tance of developing a technique for making reliable little and is expected to
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society – American Meteorological Society
Published: Dec 1, 1991
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