SR SSD 2002-13
From the Miami Herald, June 3, 1911
The local office of the weather bureau, department of agriculture, was formally opened yesterday under the direction of Richard W. Gray, local forecaster, and the following is his first official observations:
7 a.m. 7 p.m.
Temperature 82 81
Relative humidity, per cent 74 73
Precipitation (inches) 0 0
Wind velocity 6 2
Wind direction ne e
State of weather clear clear
All weather bureau observations throughout the country are made simultaneously at 8 o'clock, 71th meridian time, morning and evening, which is 7 o'clock, 90th meridian time here.
In speaking about the service to be rendered by the local bureau, Mr. Gray said that it will be first class the office being rated with that of Tampa and other places. All of the instruments and paraphernalia of the office have not been received and placed, and on that account the service is incomplete.
A forty foot steel tower for taking the direction and velocity of the wind will be erected on the roof of the Bank of Bay Biscayne building, in which the office of the bureau is located. The material for this tower should arrive any day, when the structure will be immediately erected.
Telegraphic reports from all weather bureau stations in the country, will commence in a few days, when the observer will begin issuing weather maps, giving all information contained on such maps. These maps will be posted at various places in Miami and distributed throughout the territory for the information and benefit of the public.
All storm warnings and emergency information will be issued in special reports and posted. The office when completed and in full operation, will be as thorough as any in the United States.
At present Mr. Gray is going it alone, so to speak, but on July 1 he will be given an assistant, one of them taking the morning observation and the other the evening, and sharing equally the work in the office, which is quite voluminous.