National Weather Service Quotes (2 quotes)
I have started that which the country will not willingly let die.
In Letter to his father, quoted in W. J. Humphries, 'Cleveland Abbe', part of National Academy of Science: Biographical Memoirs: Vol. VIII (1919), 478. Humphries comments “Professor Abbe’s justifiable enthusiasm over his success in foretelling the coming of storms may be inferred from [this] letter.” The larger context is the goal of establishing a national weather forecasting service with a wide network of reporting stations collecting weather data.
The seer of the past was the man of mysteries. The veil within which none but the high-priest must enter, … whose traditions are the cement in which the stones of all these temples rising around us are laid. The seer of to-day is the man of explorations and explanations. Moses is
busy with his microscope, and Daniel prophesies from the meteorological headquarters at Washington.
From 'Professor Jeffries Wyman: A Memorial Outline', The Atlantic Monthly (Nov 1874), 622.