Sometimes agreeing on a common 'language' isn't that hard

Friday, June 25, 2010

From the Wellsboro Gazette, Thursday 19 December 1935:

Weather Men to Speak Language of Their Own

Washington -- An international language for the weather made up of signs and figures instead of words so as so avoid the confusion of varied national languages, is to become uniform for the worlds weather men, W.R. Gregg, chief of the United States weather bureau, asserted.

Returning from Warsaw he reported that the International Meteorological organization at its eighth meeting there with representatives of 42 countries present, adopted a program for unification of codes, symbols and units in the exchange of weather reports.

The maps on which daily weather forecasts are based will look alike the world over. A black dot will mean light rain or drizzle, a star will mean light snow, and a plain circle will mean clear cloudless skies on every whether map whether the observers receiving(?) data for speak English, French, Russian, Chinese, Arabic, or any other language.

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