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General References to
Weather/Meteorology/Atmosphere


Below is a checklist of General references to weather/meteorology/atmosphere on postal items (stamps, souvenir sheets, aerogrammes, postal cards, etc.). Catalog numbers, years of issue, and notes on the items featured are given when available. If readers know of additional information or images, please contact the authors using the e-mail addresses at the bottom of this page.

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General references to weather/meteorology/atmosphere General references to weather/meteorology/atmosphere


Below is a list of General references to weather/meteorology/atmosphere on postal items (stamps, souvenir sheets, aerogrammes, postal cards, etc.).

CountryCatalog NumberType of ItemYear of IssueNotes on Content
General references to weather/meteorology/atmosphere
Australian Antarctic TerritoryL233a fdc (BL? fdc)Back of FDC, also front2020In 1948, "the Wyatt Earp encountered extreme weather on the voyage south"
British Antarctic Territory280-284 fdc (Mi293-297Insert from FDC, also front1999The British Antarctic Survey science programme includes "atmospheric research" in "the atmosphere extending from the surface to beyond the ozone layer"
British Virgin Islands557 (Mi?)In (lower) margin of MS2 (557 (a-b), like 551-552)1986"tropospheric"
British Virgin Islands558 (Mi?)In (lower) margin of MS2 (558 (a-b), like 553-554)
Central African RepublicBL1045SS12013The Halley VI station is a "British research centre dedicated to the study of Earth's atmosphere" (in French text)
Central African RepublicBL1045 fdcSS1 on FDC
Central African RepublicMi7360-7363_ms4In (upper-left) margin of MS4 (Mi7360-7363)2017"l'espace extra-atmosphérique"
Central African RepublicBL1673In (upper-left) margin of SS1
ChadUnknown iss (BL?)On stamp of imperforate SS12013"atmosphere"
China (People's Republic)None(Cyan and red and black printed) cachet on cover, and back1991"scientific investigations on meteorology, ... upper atmospheric physics, ionosphere"
China (Taiwan)2221-2222 folder (Mi1373-1374 folder)Folder, also inside and outside (front and back)1981"more accurate information for weather forecasting" (on inside)
Cuba778-779 fdc (Mi910-911 fdc)(Multi-color printed) cachet on FDC1964Atmospheric layers ("troposfera", "estratosfera", "ionosfera" and magnetosfera)
FranceNone(Space Voyage) cachet on cover1978"Atmospheric and space physics experiment[s]" (Spacelab-1, flown aboard STS-9, was designed for five broad research areas, one of which was atmospheric physics and Earth observation)
France2139 cover (Mi? cover)(Multi-color printed) cachet on cover1989"Flight canceled due to meteorological conditions" (in French text)
French Southern and Antarctic Territories106 cover (Mi183 cover)(Black rubber-stamp) cachet on cover1985"Interaction Atmosphère Glace Océan"
French Southern and Antarctic Territories551 cover (Mi? cover)(Multi-color printed) cachet on cover2017Atmospheric layers
Gambia3656 (Mi7143-7147)In (upper-right) margin of MS5 (a-e)2015"satellite-based meteorology"
Germany (West)1467 fdc (Mi1290 fdc)(Blue pictorial) cancel on FDC1986"meteorology"
Germany (West)1467 maxi (Mi1290 maxi)(Purple pictorial) cancel on maxicard
Great BritainNone(Multi-color printed) cachet on cover1980(Helicopter) "grounded due to bad weather"
Great Britain1963-1966 fdc1 (Mi1924-1927 fdc1)(Dawn Cover Productions) cachet on FDC (Bracknell Berkshire "150 Years of Weather Charts" pictorial cancel)2001"1944 - D-Day - weather window"
Great Britain1963-1966 fdc2 (Mi1924-1927 fdc2)(Dawn Cover Productions) cachet on FDC (Bracknell Berkshire "The Weather" pictorial cancel)
Great Britain1966a fdc (BL10, Mi1924-1927 fdc)(Dawn Cover Productions) cachet on FDC (Bracknell Berkshire "150 Years of Weather Charts" pictorial cancel)
Grenada2867f (Mi3957)One of MS6 (2867 (a-f)) (Mi3952-3957)1999"The command module had to withstand incredibly high temperatures as it re-entered the Earth's atmosphere"
Guinea RepublicUnknown c (Mi?)One of MS4 (a-d)2015"Shuttle's atmospheric re-entry"
Guyana64 (Mi326)1968"Tropsopheric scatter radiolink: Guyana - Trinidad"
Guyana65 (Mi327)
Guyana66 (Mi328)
Guyana67 (Mi329)
Guyana64-67_fdcFour stamps and (blue printed) cachet on FDC
Korea (South)NoneBack of postal card, also front2016"Weather forecast" (on back only)
Maldive Islands1273 (Mi1284)1988"Weather satellite"
Mali534 (Mi1067)1986"Prévisions" (forecasts) and "Météorologie"
Mali534 artwork1Original artwork 1 (534)
Mali534 artwork2Original artwork 2 (534)
Mali534 artwork3Original artwork 3 (534)
Mali534 artwork3Original artwork 4 (534)
MozambiqueUnknown ss (BL?)In (lower-left) margin of SS12013"Atmosphere" (in Portuguese text)
Nicaragua2353 (Mi4194-4201)In background of four stamps and in (right and left) margins of MS8 (2353 (a-h))2000Earth's thin fragile atmosphere shown as a bluish layer just above the curve of the horizon in images that depict part of the planet, with the blackness of space in the background, as seen from low Earth orbit
Nicaragua2354b (Mi4203)One of MS8 (2354 (a-h) (Mi4202-4209)
Oman StateUnlisted a (Mi unlisted)
Unlisted ia
From MS8 (a-h)
From imperforate MS8 (a-h)
1974"Meteorology"
Oman StateUnlisted b (Mi unlisted)
Unlisted ib
"Apollo module re-entering Earth's atmosphere"
Oman StateUnlisted fdcMS8 on FDC(As above for stamps)
Oman StateUnlisted a o/p1 (Mi unlisted)From MS8 overprinted in silver (a-h)1998"Meteorology"
Oman StateUnlisted b o/p1 (Mi unlisted)"Apollo module re-entering Earth's atmosphere"
Oman StateUnlisted a o/p1 inv (Mi unlisted)From MS8 overprinted in silver inverted (a-h)"Meteorology"
Oman StateUnlisted b o/p1 inv (Mi unlisted)"Apollo module re-entering Earth's atmosphere"
Oman StateUnlisted a o/p2 (Mi unlisted)From MS8 overprinted in gold (a-h)"Meteorology"
Oman StateUnlisted b o/p2 (Mi unlisted)"Apollo module re-entering Earth's atmosphere"
Palau533c (Mi1579)One of MS6 (533 (a-f)) (Mi3952-3957)2000Deep space telescopes "orbit well outside a planet's atmosphere" so that they are "unencumbered by atmospheric distortion".
PakistanNone(Text) cancel on cover1938"Weather clock tower"
PakistanNone(Text) cancel1971"Weather clock tower"
Pakistan1150 (Mi1378)From MS16 (1150a (16x 1150))2011"Upper Atmosphere Research"
Pakistan1150 fdcStamp and (text) cancel and (Pakistan Post) cachet on FDC, also back
Pakistan1150 leafletFDC leaflet, also back
Pakistan1150 folderFDC folder
PolandNone(Purple rubber-stamp) cachet on cover1962"Glider flight canceled due to atmospheric conditions" (in Polish text)
PolandNone(Green rubber-stamp) cachet on cover
St. Thomas and Prince IslandsMi4039-4042_ms4On one stamp and in (lower-middle) margin of MS4 (Mi4039-4042)2009"Tempo e clima" (Weather and climate)
St. Thomas and Prince IslandsMi4039-4042_ms4 fdcMS4 on FDC
St. Vincent Grenadines656 (Mi?)1989"Earth's atmosphere"
Sierra Leone1098 (Mi1304)1989Coolies warming themselves at Hamamatsu (Japanese print by Hiroshige)
South Africa1468 fdc (BL129 fdc)Insert from FDC, also front2011"From the late 1950s to the 1970s, satellites were tracked to determine the effects of the upper atmosphere on their orbits"
Sweden1893c (Mi1663-1665)Full booklet1991"Remote sensing and weather satellites give us [the] possibility to make more accurate weather forecasts and to monitor environmental changes"
Tanzania740 (Mi907)1991"Satellite - an ingredient of weather forecasting and cyclone tracking"
United Nations550 fdc (Mi575 fdc)(Fleetwood) cachet on FDC1989"Satellites have become important tools in weather forecasting"
United Nations551 fdc (Mi576 fdc)(Fleetwood) cachet on FDC"Scientific weather forecasting has helped save many lives"
United StatesNone(Text) cancel on cover1936Weathers AR (post office)
United StatesNone(Black printed) cachet on (armail) cover1932"Air Mail via Fair Weather Route"
United StatesNone(Blue pictorial) meter1936"It's always FEHR weather"
United StatesNone(Blue pictorial) meter on cover1937"It's always FEHR weather"
United StatesNone(Red pictorial) meter1941"Atlantic motor oil improves cold weather driving"
United StatesNone(Red pictorial) meter1945(Rail travel): "Dependable in all weathers"
United StatesNone(Blue printed) cachet on cover1947"rain or shine, hot or cold"
United StatesNone(Red pictorial) meter1950"Easy-pouring in any weather - Sterling Salt"
United StatesNone(Blue pictorial) meter on cover1952"Cool livin' is easy with weather by Beltz"
United States1080 cover (Mi702 cover)(Jay Art) cachet on cover1958"Drive carefully in winter weather"
United StatesNoneCinderella?Ironic tribute to America's scientific weather forecasters
United StatesNone(Red pictorial) meter1963"A weather-proof hobby - the Baldwin home organ"
United States1272 fdc (Mi888 fdc)(Cachet Craft Cachets) insert from FDC, also front1965"traffic accidents are not, for the most part, precipitated by equipment failure, commuter congestion, weather conditions or lack of visibility"
United StatesNone(Blue and red rubber-stamp) cachet (and return address and signature) on cover~1976"NOAA ship Fairweather"
United StatesNone(Zaso silk/IASP no.12) cachet on cover1979"bad weather"
United StatesNone(Blue rubber-stamp and embossed) cachets (and return address) on cover1980"NOAA ship Fairweather"
United States1914 fdc (Mi1483 fdc)(PCS golden-replica) insert from FDC, also front1981"Some [satellites] monitor weather systems and study how weather is formed"
United States1915 fdc (Mi1484 fdc)(PCS golden-replica) insert from FDC, also frontOne of the goals of the OSO satellite was to permit "intensive study of the Sun and solar phenomena from a point above the disruptive effects of the atmosphere"
United States1919 fdc (Mi1488 fdc)(Fleetwood) back of FDC, also frontAn orbiting telescope is "unaffected by the haze of the Earth's atmosphere"; also, the Space Shuttle system will help to "keep track of weather patterns"
United States
United States
1919 fdc
3409a fdc
(Fleetwood) back of dual-cancel FDC, also front1981
2000
An orbiting telescope is "unaffected by the haze of the Earth's atmosphere"; also, the Space Shuttle system will help to "keep track of weather patterns"
United States1912+1916 cover (Mi1481+1485 cover)(Purple rubber-stamp) cachet on cover1981Two "weather flights" to provide weather forecast information (the forecast was a "go" for shuttle landing)
United States2006 fdc (Mi? fdc)(Fleetwood) back of FDC, also front1982"By heating Earth and its atmosphere, the Sun generates wind, waves, rainfall for rivers, and ocean-temperature differences"
United StatesNone(Pictorial) cancel and (TRW and Hughes Stamp Clubs/Aeropex 1982) cachet on cover1982Fiery re-entry of Mercury capsule due to friction from Earth's atmosphere
United States2277 fdc (Mi884 fdc)(Artmaster) back of FDC, also front1988In Earth's infancy, "an atmosphere of water and carbon dioxide formed and generated oceans". Later, "from 4 to 2 billion years ago, photosynthetic bacteria developed and released the oxygen that would evolve [become part of] our atmosphere as we now know it"
United States2952 fdc (Mi? fdc)(Fleetwood) back of FDC, also front1995"solar cells ... generate power for weather and communications satellites"
United States2953 fdc (Mi? fdc)(Mystic Stamp Co.) back of FDC, also front"Forests ... renew the atmosphere by providing oxygen and removing carbon dioxide"
United States4893 fdc (Mi5079 fdc)(ArtCraft) cachet on FDC2014"Satellite measurements provide vital data for weather forecasts and climate studies"
United StatesNone(Zazzle.com) personalized postage2016"bad weather"
United StatesNone(Zazzle.com) personalized postage2016"meteorologist"
United StatesNone(Zazzle.com) personalized postage (different)2016"meteorologist"
United StatesNone(Coverscape) cachet on cover2018On July 9, 1953, the Weather Bureau posted "New England's first-ever severe thunderstorm watch, with the possibility of tornadic activity"
Yemen Arab Republic263D (Mi949)
i263D (Mi956)
Also MS12 (12x 263D)
Imperforate, also imperforate MS12 (12x i263D), (half of MS12 (6x i236D))
1969at lower left: "Apollo 11 intense heat due to atmospheric friction" (this text has been erroneously reversed from YAR 263F, which shows a drawing of a red-hot Gemini capsule on re-entry - that drawing matches this text)
Yemen Arab Republic263F (Mi951)
i263F (Mi958)
Also MS12 (12x 263F)
Imperforate, also imperforate MS12 (12x i263F), (half of MS12 (6x i236F))
1969at lower left: drawing of a red-hot Gemini capsule due to atmospheric friction during re-entry (the associated text has been erroneously reversed from YAR 263D - the correct text from that stamp, which matches this drawing, is "Apollo 11 intense heat due to atmospheric friction"
YugoslaviaNone(Brown printed) cachet on cover1991"The atmosphere of the living planet Earth" and four of its layers: "Troposphere", "Stratosphere", Mesosphere", and "Ionosphere"


Below is a list of General references to weather/meteorology/atmosphere on launch covers (including anniversary-of-launch covers, and launch-related event covers).

CountryCancel DateCancel LocationType of ItemNotes on Content
General references to weather/meteorology/atmosphere
United States1962-09-18Cape Canaveral FL(Goldcraft red) cachet on TIROS-6 launch cover"TIROS satellite charts weather".
United States1962-09-18Cape Canaveral FL(Goldcraft orange and extra orange printed) cachet (and signature) on TIROS-6 launch cover
United States1963-04-03Cape Canaveral FL (machine cancel)(Centennial) cachet on Explorer-17 (AE-A) launch cover"to make the most comprehensive study ever attempted of the Earth's atmosphere"
United States1963-04-03Cape Canaveral FL (hand cancel)(Centennial) cachet on Explorer-17 (AE-A) launch cover
United States1966-12-07Cape Canaveral FL (machine cancel)(Sarzin) cachet on ATS-1 launch cover"technology in space communications, meteorology and other scientific phenomena"
United States1966-12-07Cape Canaveral FL (hand cancel)(Sarzin) cachet on ATS-1 launch cover
United States1965-01-22Cape Canaveral FL (machine cancel)(Centennial) cachet on TIROS-9 launch cover"a mechanical meteorologist ... to forecast weather"
United States1965-01-22Cape Canaveral FL (hand cancel)(Centennial) cachet on TIROS-9 launch cover
United States1966-05-25Cape Canaveral FL (hand cancel)(Centennial) cachet on Explorer-32 launch cover"packed with experiments to probe the secrets of Earth's upper atmosphere"
United States1966-05-25Cape Canaveral FL (machine cancel)(Centennial) cachet on Explorer-32 launch cover
United States1966-12-07Cape Canaveral FL(SpaceCraft/Swanson) cachet on ATS-1 launch cover, also insert or insert variation (slightly different labeling)"Weather Forecasting"
United States1966-12-07Patrick AFB, FL(SpaceCraft/Swanson) cachet on ATS-1 launch cover, also insert or insert variation (slightly different labeling)
United States1966-12-07Cape Canaveral FL(Centennial) cachet on ATS-1 launch cover"to give weathermen their first large-scale observation of weather masses"
United States1967-04-06Cape Canaveral FL(Centennial) cachet on ATS-2 launch cover"improve weather predictions"
United States1967-11-06Cape Canaveral FL(HJM black and black typed) cachet on ATS-3 launch coversatellite experiments in "communications, navigation and weather predicting"
United States1969-06-05Vandenberg AFB, CA(Sarzin) cachet on OGO-6 launch cover"atmospheric composition"
United States1973-11-06Vandenberg AFB, CA(Orbit Covers) cachet on NOAA-3 launch cover"First spacecraft to transmit local area temperature forecasts"
United States1973-11-06Vandenberg AFB, CA(Sarzin) cachet on NOAA-3 launch cover"for night and day watch of Earth's atmosphere and oceans".
United States1973-12-15Vandenberg AFB, CA(Centennial) cachet on Explorer-51 launch cover"study the Earth's atmosphere"
Australia1975-01-11Adelaide SA(Blue printed) cachet on Skylab re-entry cover"re-entry through the atmosphere"; "upper atmosphere"
United States1975-11-19Cape Canaveral FL(Orbit Covers) cachet on Explorer-55 launch cover"Troposphere"; "Stratosphere"
United States1978-06-26Vandenberg AFB, CA(Centennial) cachet on SeaSat launch cover"to study the world's oceans for oceanographers, meteorologists and commercial users"
United States1982-03-21Kennedy Space Center FL(Blue printed) cachet on STS-3 pre-launch cover"Weather control flight"
United States1983-06-24Edwards AFB Station, CA(Colorano silk) cachet on STS-7 landing cover"bad weather"
United States1984-08-30Kennedy Space Center FL(Signature only) cachet on STS-41D launch and SBS-4 deployment coverSpace "Shuttle Weather Officer"
United States1984-10-05Houston TX(Colorano silk) cachet on ERBS deployment cover"to better understand and predict climate and weather"
United States1991-04-28Kennedy Space Center FL(Colorano silk) cachet on STS-39 launch cover"Earth's atmosphere"
Japan1991-09-11Uchinoura(Space Voyage) cachet on (sub-orbital) rocket launch cover"study ozone, wind velocity and temperature in [the] stratosphere"
United States1991-09-12Kennedy Space Center FLInsert back from STS-48 launch cover (with Mission patch cachet), also insert and frontThe UARS made what was at that time "the most extensive study ever conducted of the Earth's troposphere".
United States1992-03-24Kennedy Space Center FLInsert from STS-45 launch cover, also (mission patch) frontData from "ATLAS1-1" will contribute to "long-range studies that measure changes in the atmosphere and the Sun"
United States1992-03-24 (in pencil)None(Lollini) cachet (and signature) on STS-45 launch (un-stamped and un-canceled) cover"Atmosphere - Solar - Earth Science" studies made by the "ATLAS1-1" payload
United States1992-03-25Houston TX(Blue rubber-stamp) cachet on STS-45 launch cover
French Guiana1997-09-23Kourou(C.E. SEP Section Philatélie) cachet on Intelsat-803 launch cover"After 1800 orbits in 92 days, [Sputnik-1] burned up in the denser layers of the atmosphere" (in French text)
United States2001-12-16Houston TX(Colorano silk) cachet on STS-108 and STARSHINE-2 coverInformation collected by tracking the reflecting sphere will help "to calculate the density of Earth's upper atmosphere"
United States2002-06-24Vandenberg AFB, Lompoc CA(SCPS) insert from NOAA-17 launch cover, also front"These spacecraft monitor the entire Earth, providing atmospheric measurements of temperature, humidity, ozone and cloud images as they track weather patterns that affect the global weather and climate"
French Guiana2002-08-28Kourou(ESA) cachet on Eutelsat-12-West-A (Atlantic Bird-1) launch cover"New Horizons for Weather and Climate"
United States2003-10-18Vandenberg AFB, Lompoc CA(Multi-color printed) cachet on DMSP-5D3-F16 launch cover"track clouds, storm systems and hurricanes around the world for weather forecasting"
United States2003-10-18Vandenberg AFB, Lompoc CA(Multi-color printed) cachet (different) on DMSP-5D3-F16 launch cover
United States2008-05-26Colorado Springs CO, Peterson AFB(Multi-color printed) cachet on FY-3A launch cover"to help develop more accurate forecasts for the Olympics"
United States2009-08-07Cape Canaveral FL(Mission 57) back of Explorer-6 anniversary cover, also frontscientific goals included to "test radio propagation in the upper atmosphere"
United States2012-06-29Cape Canaveral FL(Mission 57) back of NROL-15 launch cover, also frontAmong other tasks, the "45th Space Weather Wing, based at Patrick Air Force Base" is responsible for "weather monitoring"
Finland2017-06-03Kerava(SVP) cachet on Dragon-CRS-11 launch cover"The launch was scrubbed number of times due to the weather"
United States2017-11-18Vandenberg AFB, CA(Lollini) cachet on NOAA-20 (JPSS-1 and OSCAR-91) launch cover"Earth science and meteorology"; "will provide the global environmental data used in numerical weather prediction models for forecasts"
United States2018-07-25Vandenberg AFB, CA(Red Eagle) cachet on Iridium-NEXT-154-156+158-160+163-166 launch cover"dicey weather conditions"
United States2020-01-05Houston TX(Red Eagle) cachet on Dragon-CRS-19 launch coverun-docking from the ISS was "delayed by two days due to adverse weather conditions in the Pacific"

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