1891: By order of the United States Congress and President Benjamin Harrison, at noon eastern standard time the United States Weather Bureau was officially established within the Department of Agriculture. This was the first civilian government weather agency in the United States, replacing weather observation and forecasting functions that had been performed by military personnel in the Army Signal Service since 1870. The Weather Bureau survives today as the National Weather Service after changing its name in 1970. The state of Iowa is currently serviced by five National Weather Service weather forecast offices in Des Moines, Davenport, Omaha, Sioux Falls, and La Crosse.
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This post was written by Schnack on July 1, 2012