Timeline: Forecasts started in the era of Darwin
1854: The Meteorological Department is set up by Captain, later Admiral, Robert FitzRoy, who commanded HMS Beagle on Darwin's historic expedition.
1879: Forecasts for newspapers began.
1922: The BBC broadcasts the first radio forecasts.
1936: The world's first television chart is transmitted.
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1939: A system for collating data from the upper atmosphere is introduced.
1954: The BBC broadcasts first TV weather forecasts.
1959: London Weather Centre opens.
1962: The first computer is installed at the Met Office's headquarters in Bracknell.
1964: Satellite technology provides the first operational cloud pictures.
1981: Supercomputer CDC Cyber 205 is installed
1990: The Cray Y-MP is installed, giving more accurate representations of atmospheric changes.
1991: Second Cray introduced
1994: A single Cray C90 allows a six-fold increase in the speed of data processing.
1996: The Met Office becomes a Trading Fund.
2000: The Met Office's role expands to looks at the weather's impact on the environment, hydrology and oceanography.
2001: Construction of the new Exeter headquarters gets under way.
September 15, 2003: The first global forecast come out of the Exeter headquarters in Fitzroy Way.