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Cleveland Abbe

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Cleveland Abbe was born in New York City back in 1838 to George and Charlotte. He excelled in mathematics and chemistry attending David B Scott Grammar School. He went on to graduate from the Free Academy with a Bachelor of Arts in 1857. After graduating he tutored mathematics at the Trinity Latin School in New York City. In 1858 he moved to Michigan where he taught engineering as an assistant professor at the University of Michigan.

During the Civil War he tried to join the Union Army, however his poor vision kept him out of the Army. So he went back to school graduating with a Master of Arts in 1860 from City College. During his work he came into contact with William Ferrel who piqued his meteorological curiosity. His first job in astronomy was at the United States Naval Observatory, that is until he was offered the director position at the Cincinnati Observatory in 1868.  

Okay there is a lot more I can write about him but not in this forum so can you tell me what he will forever be written in the history books for? Well now you’re in luck he founded the scientific journal Monthly Weather Review in 1872. He developed a system of telegraphic weather reports, daily weather maps and weather forecasts’. When the U.S. established the U.S. Weather Bureau was appointed the first head of the new service and is considered the father of the National Weather Service. He died in 1916 at the age of 77.

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Comments (10)

Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY

Good morning James,

Wonder how may yelled at his forecasts!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Jul 13, 2016 09:46 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning James Dray,

You did not disappoint with your tidbit of history this morning. I never knew who the Father of the National Weather Service was!

Jul 13, 2016 09:49 PM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning James. A really good story today. Never heard og him before but now I know.

Jul 13, 2016 09:54 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

This is a fun read James Dray and like Raymond E. Camp I'm wondering if he was just as inaccurate as today's forecasters.

Jul 14, 2016 12:09 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

James Dray - can't wait to share this info with my weather nut husband who has his own weather station in our backyard!

Jul 14, 2016 03:34 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I agree with Dorie Dillard you outdid yourself with this post.  Happy Bastille Day to you!  A

Jul 14, 2016 06:22 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

James- what a life he had! And thank goodness because I check the weather every morning when I wake up!

Jul 14, 2016 11:04 AM
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


Very interest story of the father of Nations Weather Service.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Jul 14, 2016 12:29 PM
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Las Vegas, NV

Hello James

So Cleveland Abbe was the Father of the National Weather Service, very interesting history on this man!

Jul 15, 2016 12:04 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

I love starting my mornings with posts from you - I have been so busy with family the last few days that I haven't been in the Rain - but I wanted to catch up with your posts - thanks

Jul 17, 2016 09:43 PM