This Day in Weather History: April 1st

TIROS 1 is launched into space, the first satellite to be used as a weather tool

It was on this day in 1960, that the first weather satellite was launched into space.

TIROS 1 was launched from Port Canaveral, Florida on this date in 1960. It was an experimental step to see if satellites could be useful in studying the earth and predicting the weather. Weather forecasts would never be the same, with satellite data becoming an indispensable part of weather prediction.

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