National Weather Service, Indianapolis Historical Timeline
Indianapolis National Weather Service Forecast Office
Weather observations have consisted of daily readings of maximum and minimum temperatures, humidity, wind speed and direction, precipitation, atmospheric pressure and descriptions of weather conditions. Snowfall and snow depth readings began in March of 1884.
February 4, 1871 - U.S. Weather Bureau establishes an office in downtown Indianapolis in Blackford's Block on the southeast corner of Washington and
April 30, 1881 - The Weather Office was relocated to the
September 1, 1896 - Another relocation occurred to the Majestic Building on the northeast corner of
July 1, 1915 - A move of the weather office placed it in the
April 1, 1931 - A new Weather Office was opened in the administration building at
October 28, 1938 - The final downtown move occurred when the weather office was moved to the
May 1, 1941 - A move of the airport office took place with the new location in the
January 1, 1943 - Observations continued to be taken at both the downtown and airport offices, but a switch was made making the Airport observations the Official Records from this point forward.
June 1954 - The weather office located in downtown
October 2, 1959 - Weather Service Radar (WSR-3) was installed at the airport office.
June 14, 1965 - The weather office was moved into Building #1 of the
June 19, 1970 - Internal restructuring within the National Weather Service changed the
July 23, 1976 - The Weir Cook Airport name was changed to the
September 28, 1977 - The National Weather Service office was relocated to the
September 28, 1977 - In conjunction with the move of the office to the
May 1, 1992 - Construction began on the new National Weather Service building on West Hanna Avenue, south of the airport complex. Construction also began on the NEXRAD (Next Generation Radar) 88D.
August 24, 1993 - The National Weather Service office in
January 1, 1996 - Manual observations were replaced with an Automated Surface Observations Station (ASOS).
January 1, 1996 - The NEXRAD 88D radar was commissioned and the WSR 74C radar was officially decommissioned.
Present - The National Weather Service remains in its Hanna Avenue location to this date and continues to see internal advancements and updates in technology.