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Still others are interested in the mini geography lesson implicit in stamps. Topics are as varied as people's imagination and interests. II n'est pas difficile de trouver des timbres-paste. Stamps are often issued in a special pane known as a souvenir sheet: a sheet including one or more stamps and a wide margin with artwork and/or an inscription describing the. Some of us accumulated them as children. The traditional collection concentrates on all the different stamps issued by a single country. Others are interested in the history of postal services as illustrated by postage stamps and related postal items.colostate. cancellations and postal envelopes and cards with pre-printed stamps). what more natural area of specialization Gould there be than meteorology and climate on stamps? It turns out that many such stamps that have been issued by countries around the world. Fort Collins.le is most commonly used.of stamp catalogues that identify and number stamps. CO. I Environment Canada. the Yvert et Tellier from France and the Michel from Germany.34.ca & Kochtubajda@shaw. Different people collect stamps in different ways.edu -197- CMOS Bulletin SGMO Vo1. and so appeal to the esthetic sense of some people. Philatelists keep track of stamps through the use. Some are interested in historical. stamps from any country that relate to the topic are included. Canada.others in the sciences.6 .event being commemorated. pendant que d'autres preferent etudier un theme particulier a travers des items philatellques emis n'importe ou dans Ie monde. Destined for collectors. Another philatelic style involves a particular topic. while military people might gravitate toward topics related to the armed forces.g. Garry Toth@hotmail. For a meteorologist who has some interest in philately. Cesitemspeuvent ensuite se regrouper dans une collection specialiseequi presents de divers aspects du temps et du climat 1. 1840 (the Penny Black). Introduction to Philately We all know about stamps. Philately is the collection and study of postage stamps and related postal items (e. In such a collection. there is. in North America. Postage stamps can be miniature works of art. Hydrometeorology and Arctic Laboratory Edmonton. others in the arts. Others include the Stanley Gibbons from Great Britai n.a social aspect to the local "stamp club" meetings. Stamps are also found on special envelopes known as first day covers (FDCs): envelopes issued by the official postal authority of a country with a cancellation dated on the first day of issue of the stamps. Certaines personnes s'interessent aux timbres-poste d'un seul pays. AB. It is a pastime for some and an area of serious research for others. Ever since the first postage stamp vilas issued by Great Britain on May 6. most FDCs include illustrative artwork known as a cachet. there is a challenge in putting order into a large mass of material. by date and country of issue. and so on. As in any type of collection.What is Meteorological by GarryToth 1 t Philately? 1 Don Hillger2 and Bob Kochtubajda Resume: La pnllatelie se pratique sous diverses formes. des plis premier jour et des feuillets souvenir qui traitent de la rneteorcloqie. No. Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere. USA. Figure 1: A Canadian souvenir sheet featuringSARSAT search and rescue activities. of course. there have been people who collect and study stamps. the American Scott Standard Stamp Cata/ogl. It all boils down to people doing something they enjoy. while a few have the urge to compete and win recognition in philatelic expositions.ca '2 NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) based at Colorado State University. A NOAA polar orbiting weather satellite is found to the left of the sheet margin and also on two of the stamps. Hillger@cira. And. Topical stamp collectors often like to collect stamps related to a topic they know well: doctors may collect medicine on stamps. People with a scientific background find it natural to work with a scientific topic. Why do people collect stamps? The reasons are many.
1' F 1"''''~ C. or meteorologists.O Figure 2: Three Canadian stamps: a) celebrating the 200llJ anniversary of Canada's first long-term weather observations from p single location.. the World Meteorological Day. Stevenson screens. The chinook wind (Scott 1336 . b) featuring the Chinook wind: and cjcornmerrroratinq the International Hydrological Decade with tipping bucket raingauge."'111-.ons in Canada (they sta rted in 1840 in Toronto). The background illustrates what the weather situation for this case might be like. Research activities associated with efforts such as the 2nd International Pola r Year (1932-33)..sinCe1961. There arealso a large number of stamps that relate to the World Meteorological Organization. The WMO itself was proclaimed a United Nations Agency in 1949. Climate is the theme of many meteorological stamps. Other stamps feature national meteorological centres. in 1768. A stamp from 1968 (Scott 479 . Another stamp from 1968 (Scott 481 . Of course some of these stamps can have multiple meteorological themes: many stamps issued in relation to the WMO also show.34." /'I "'11'10 I 01. In 2000 and 2001. 1973 marked the centenary of international meteorological cooperation (the precursor to the WMO. CMOS Bulletin $CMQ Vo1. Since the late 1980s.Figure 1).Figure 2c).Figu~e 2a).ca/cocoon/peeI/39/3. issued to commemorate the International Hydrological Decade. This stamp also shows a we:atherballoon and a weather radar antenna. for example. Canadian Meteorology-Related Stamps Has Canada issuedanystamps related to meteorology? Yes. A recent NOAA polar orbiting weather satellite (some of those sateHites carry the transponders used in the SARSAT program) is illustrated on one of those stamps and also on the border of the souvenir sheet.ualberta. I 2. is found in is a souvenir sheet of four different stamps featu ring SARSA T search and rescue activities (Scott 1831 . The interested reader can consult hJtp://pe61. The most recent. radiosondes and other meteorological instruments. and ca me into formal existence in 1951. also shows a tipping bucket rain gauge. the International Years of the Ou iet Su n (1964~65) and the I.6 -198- . issued -in 2005. many sta mps relati ng to ozone have been produced.. has been celebrated by the WMO . International science programs have also been recognized. Many stamps were issued to commemorate thatanniversary. the Internatioilal Geophysical Year (1957-58). . Through the years since then. 1873 at the International Meteorological Conference in Vienna).. Meteorology and Philately There are stamps that illustrate Various meteorological instruments and radiosondes. Lastly. known as the International Meteorological Organization. 35 stamps were issued around the world to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the WMO. NO..library. html for a fascinating summary of the observations taken by Wales.Figure 2b) is included in a set of stamps issued to celeb rate Canad ian fol klore in 1991. ortropical storrnsvermeteerolcqical satellites. a stamp from 199Q (Scott 1287 . tarnational Hyd rolcig leal n Decade (1'965-1974) have appeared on many stamps. or weather maps with fronts and isobars. was issued for the 200lh anniversary of the first reqular weather observations in Canada: William Wales conducted weather observations near present-day Churchill for approximately one year.. For example.Fig ure 3) com memorates the 150111 anniversary of continuous weather observati. Similarly. It is the only known stamp featuring all the standard weather elements plotted together in this way. there are a few. and climate change and the greenhouse effect are referred to on a few. which takes place each March 23. Thi s stam p features a su mmertime weather observation presented in the standard plotting model one would find on a surface weather analysis. Some of these stamps contain meteorological elements.''U!. over 200 stamps that commemorate the World Meteorological Day have been issued by countries around the world. 3. was founded in September..
l Meteorology Philately There are many on-line sources for stamp information.colostate.34. 4. In this case the theme of climate change is specified on the envelope. has no monopoly on stamps related to meteorology. is found at: http://www . including some with information on meteorology philately. and an Antarctic I scene is illustrated. this sheet includes two stamps showing a satellite photo and a computer-generated weather map. Zephyrus (west wind). The mast comprehensive Internet site for viewing meteorological stamps and associated philatelic materials is: hltp':llwww. A detailed philatelic listing of scientific satellites in general. This website. Figure 6b depicts hurricane Gilbert on a stamp from Belize (Scott 974). They have been issued by almost every country in the world. him Climai Change. Surrounding the stamps are the eight Greek gods of wind: Boreas (north wind).edulrammfhillgerlweather. Skiron (northwest wind). of course. Figure6c shows a cumulonimbus cloud on a stamp issued by Zimbabwe (new issue. another new issue from the French Southern and Antarctic Territory (Figure 6d).colostate.Figure 3: Stamp honouring the 150111 anniversary of continuous weather observations in Canada and including a weather observation in the standard surface plotting model. Notus (south wind). a thematic meteorology philately collection is a fine way to combine professional interest with personal pleasure. Apeliotes (east wind). Clouds are also nicely illustrated on same stamps. catalogue number not yet known). Finally. Hurricanes are found on quite a few stamps. 6. 5. In this section we present just a few examples of the wide variety of International meteorological philately stamps. Lips (southwest wind). These sites are a good starting point for someone who wants to get into meteorological philately t or a reference for someone already working in the field of weather and climate. and meteorological satellites in particular. . Figure 5 shows a recent first day cover including a set of stamps issued by the British Antarctic Territory (Scott 342-344 ) with the theme of climate change.6 Figure 5: A recent first day cover issued by th British Antarctic Territory illustrating the topic of climate change and related research activities. includes a graphic of the increasing concentration of atmospheric CO2 at the Port Amsterdam observing station during the last 25 years. No. Meteorological Stamps from Around the World Canada. For those working in the field of weather and climate. possibly of mean sea level pressure.cim. Issued for the centenary of international meteorological cooperation in 1973.hlm Figure 4: Souvenlr sheet from Dominica of two stamps illustrates a satellite image and computer-generated weather map. contains detailed lists and many images of stamps and postal items in various meteorological categories. (Continued on next page) -199CMOS Bulle'tin SCMO Vo1. This one was also issued in 1973 for the centenary of international meteorological cooperation.ci ra . . The authors would be pleased to correspond with people who wish to learn more about weather and climate on stamps. In the border are found representations of eight Greek wind ~ods. In Figure 4 is a nice souvenir sheet from Dominica (Scott 360a). Conclusion We hope that the reader has enjoyed this brief tour through the wonderful world of meteorological philately. Virtua. Eurus (southeast wind) and Kaikias (northeast wlnd). For example. ed u/ramm/h i Ilger/satell iles. In Figure 6a is a German stamp (Scott 1102) with a weather map including fronts and isobars.
a st. John's. NQ. and d) atmospheric Increase. 2006..Figure 6b Figure Ga Figure 6e Figure 6: Some examples of different stamps hightighting a) a ~eather map. Terre-Neuve-et-Labrador. Parsons Bureau de la promotion strateqlque des sciences 200. Les chercheurs qui osuvrent au sein d'une institution eanadienne et dent les travaux profitent au Canada sont adrnissibles. Parsons 2007 durant le conqres de la Societe eanadienne de rneteoroloqie et d'oceanoqraphie. Une medaille sera decernee pour souligner une carriere extraordinaire ou une realisation recente extraordinaire. Parsons. remise ades sdentifiques qulse sont distinques dans un domaine de recherche multidisciplinaire lie aux sciences de la mer. Veuillez nous les faire parvenir d'ici Ie 28 tevrier 2007.dfo~mpo.ent.iA OE6 -200- En CMOS Bulletin SCMO VoL34.htm. qui se tiendra en mal 2007. et nous Ie faire parvenir par telecopieur.6 . au 613-990-0313. bureau 8W135 Ottawa (Ontario) K. rue K. Parsons (sciences de la mer) Nous solllcitons des mises en candidature pour la rnedaille Timothy R. b) hurricane Gilbert: c) CB cloud.ge.ca/science/AWards/Parsonsf. Peches et Oceans Canada remettra la medaille Timothy R. ou par la paste au : Comite de la medailte Timothy R. CO2 Appel de mises en candidature pour la medallle Timothy R. Vous pouvez remplir Ie formulaire I'ad resse su ivante : en ligne disponible a http://www. Ken Denman et Trevor Platt ont tous deux recu une medaille.
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