Franklin's Forecast

In 1735, "Poor Richard," aka Ben Franklin, wrote:
"Some are weatherwise, some are otherwise."

In 1743, Ben observed that northeast storms begin in the southwest. On horseback, he chased a whirlwind almost a mile to find out why. "Poor Richard" printed some of the first recorded weather forecasts. Clearly, Ben Franklin had weatherwisdom.

With "Franklin's Forecast," you can build your own weather station, learn about today's sophisticated weather technologies, and check the weather right now. Don't be otherwise. Be weatherwise!

El Nino

If Ben had been in the tropical Pacific Ocean, he might have noticed El Niño too. Find out about the Hot Air over Hot Water.

Make your own Weather Station

You can make your own weather station. Simple devices like the barometer and wind direction indicator are all you need to get started as a weather forecaster for your own neighborhood.

Weather Right Now

Wherever you are, whatever the time, you can check the weather right now. Use "Franklin's" shortlist of the best webweather sources to check the forecast for your own hometown or favorite destination.

Weather Events

Meteorologists are weatherwatchers. You can be a weatherwatcher, too. Just keep your eyes open for weather events.


RADAR revolutionized the field of meteorology. Learn how to read RADAR images and you'll make a better forecast.


Lightning strikes are awesome displays of nature's power. They also offer clues for tracking storms.

Weather Satellites

The real weatherwatchers are in outer space. In orbit above planet Earth, weather satellites provide pictures of atmospheric activity.

Miscellaneous Weather Stuff

Weather Activities
Career Connections

Weather Hotlist
Curriculum Connections

Historical Weather @ The Franklin Institute

If you are in the Philadelphia area, these charts of historical weather data and this list of Philadelphia Area Weather Connections may interest you.
Get information about conserving water and drought situations.

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