DISCUSSION: Through taking a look back in history, we have quite an impressive anniversary by looking a few days ago plus another 178 years. A few days ago this week back in 1838, Cleveland Abbe (an American meteorologist and a strong advocate of time zones) was born. He was trained as an astronomer and was appointed the director of the Cincinnati Observatory in 1868. He eventually turned to meteorology and inaugurated a public weather service that served as a model for today's National Weather Service. Attached below is some other neat background information on Cleveland Abbe (courtesy of the NOAA History page).
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