The World Weather Watch Today | World Meteorological Organization
In January 2003, James Rasmussen provided a brief history of WMO’s World Weather Watch for the WMO Bulletin. He recalled that, in April 1963, “Fourth World Meteorological Congress approved the concept of the World Weather Watch (WWW) and set the World Meteorological Organization on the journey that dramatically changed and enhanced the development of meteorology and the atmospheric sciences”. The advent of the space age was the spark that ignited this seminal event. Following the launches of Sputnik by the USSR in 1957 and TIROS by the USA in 1960, US President John F. Kennedy addressed the United Nations General Assembly, seeking ways to exploit the peaceful uses of outer space. The rest is history—as recorded in Rasmussen’s article.


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