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Weather by Telephone in New York

Nature volume 145, page 23 (06 January 1940) | Download Citation



ACCORDING to the Bell Laboratories Record of November, the New York Telephone Co. inaugurated a new service last April. It is now possible in the Metropolitan area to dial 'weather', and hear the latest weather prediction, including the anticipated temperature, winds, and rain or snow conditions. The bulletins are based on direct teletype reports from the United States Weather Bureau; at present these reports are changed hourly between seven in the morning and eleven at night. When important changes occur, special bulletins may also be given. All the equipment used for this service is installed in the West Fiftieth Street Central Office building, and weather announcing trunk lines are run to all the central offices in Manhattan, while other parts of the metropolitan area reach the announcing bureau through subcentres or tandem offices. In the time-announcing system a special operator makes each announcement herself. In the weather system use is made of a recorder using magnetic tape. It is well suited for this service as it is necessary to change the recorded message frequently and permanent preservation of the record is of no importance.

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