The Birth of the Weather Forecast, 30 April 2016, BBC News

One hundred and fifty years ago Admiral Robert FitzRoy, the celebrated sailor and founder of the Met Office, took his own life. One newspaper reported the news of his death as a “sudden and shocking catastrophe”.

Today FitzRoy is chiefly remembered as Charles Darwin’s taciturn captain on HMS Beagle, during the famous circumnavigation in the 1830s. But in his lifetime FitzRoy found celebrity not from his time at sea but from his pioneering daily weather predictions, which he called by a new name of his own invention – “forecasts”.

Weather forecasting: Continental divide, 7 February 2015

Europeans do not just talk about the weather more than Americans do. They are better at forecasting it as well.

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