Until satellites came along, weather forecasting was either very local (it's raining) or very general (it's going to be warmer tomorrow). When satellites started sending pictures of the Earth and its atmosphere, a remarkable meteorologist named Harry Wexler, saw the opportunity for long range, global forecasting. In the late 1950's, as head of the U.S. Weather Bureau and chief U.S. scientist for the International Geophysical Year, Wexler not only had the vision, but the means to carry it out. Producer Barbara Bogaev looks at how Harry Wexler changed meteorology from weather forecasting to global climate research.
IGY:Weather Report was produced by Barbara Bogaev and edited by Jared Weissbrot,
with production assistance from Dian Belanger and Katie Ball. Archival tape
courtesy of the Byrd Polar Research Center at Ohio State University. Thanks
to Whitman College and Paul Dalrymple. Voice over by Hank Rosenfeld. Weather
Report is funded in part by the National Science Foundation.
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