Story: Weather forecasting

Radio equipment (2nd of 2)

Radio equipment

Telegraphs had been used with some success by the meteorological office since the mid-1870s. But in 1913 the New Zealand government bought five Telefunken radio sets in the hope that this would allow reports to be received from ships at sea. Success was hindered, however, by the limited measuring and recording instruments on the ships. Weather reporting did not improve until the advent of a regular aviation service.

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Erick Brenstrum, 'Weather forecasting - Early forecasting', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/8009/radio-equipment (accessed 14 August 2020)

Story by Erick Brenstrum, published 12 Jun 2006, updated 2 Jun 2016