11
The Teaching of Weather and Climate

OF ALL THE FEATURES of our natural environment, the weather draws our attention and affects our living and actions more frequently than any other one factor. In most of the United States, the question "What is the weather today?" is one of the first questions asked or in the minds of people as they arise. They listen to the morning weather reports on radio and television, or consult the weather map and the forecast in the daily papers. The daily weather reports and forecasts enter into the plans and operations of most people's daily activities, as well as of most business activities throughout the country. A business trip, a vacation, transportation by air, land, and sea, crop yields, production of livestock, construction activities of all types, and military operations are an dependent upon weather conditions.

Weather forecasting has become an important public service as people realize more and more the value of knowing ahead of time the probable weather conditions. The following quotation gives an idea of the extensive use of weather reports:1

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F. W. Reichilderfer, "The Weather Bureau--How It Serves You on Land and Sea, and in the Air," U.S. Department of Commerce Bulletin ( Washington, D.C., U.S. Government Printing Office, 1946), pp. 80-84.

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