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Meteorological Specialties
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Below is a checklist of Meteorological specialties and applications 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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(including anniversary-of-launch covers, and launch-related event covers)
(farther below)
Other postal items
(stamps, souvenir sheets, aerogrammes, postal cards, etc.)
(immediately below)
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Below is a list of Meteorological specialties and applications on postal items (stamps, souvenir sheets, aerogrammes, postal cards, etc.).

CountryCatalog NumberType of ItemYear of IssueNotes on Content
Meteorological specialties and applications
Argentina406 (Mi387)1932"VIo Congreso Internacional del Frío" (6th International Refrigeration Conference)
Argentina407 (Mi388)
Argentina408 (Mi389)
Argentina2966 (BL181, Mi3924-3927)In (left) margin of MS4 (a-d)2022Examples of weather information coded for transmission5
Argentina2966 fdcMS4 on FDC
Australia1382 (Mi1425)From block of 4 (1384a (1381-1384)) (Mi1424-1427)1994"Air density"3; "Height" (i.e. altitude, as measured by an aircraft's pressure altimeter4)
Australia1384a proofBlock of 4 proof
AustriaNone(Pictorial) cancel on cover197614th International Conference on Alpine Meteorology
CroatiaNone(Slogan) cancel on cover2012"Meteorology serving the public"
CroatiaNone(Slogan) cancel on cover (different)2012"Meteorology serving the public"
Ecuador2041a (Mi3350)One of block of 4 (2041 (a-d)) (Mi3350-3353)2011artistic depiction of volcanic ash (can have a significant impact on aviation)
Ecuador2041 fdcOne of block of 4 on FDC, also back
FranceNone(Purple rubber-stamp) cachet on postcard1910Aviation meteorology service #6
FranceB329 card (Mi1240 card)Card1959Meteorology in the service of aviation and the transport of airmail
Germany (Berlin)None(Text) cancel on postal card1968"Meteorology contributes to the economy" (in German text)
Hong Kong419-422 fdc1 (Mi419-422 fdc1)(GPO Hong Kong) English insert from FDC, also Chinese insert and FDC front1983"Wind is one of the most important elements of the weather. It affects many activities in Hong Kong, such as the operation of aircraft at the Hong Kong International Airport" (in FDC insert text)
Hong Kong419-422 fdc2 (Mi419-422 fdc2)(GPO Hong Kong) English insert from FDC (Hennessy Road cancel), also Chinese insert and FDC front
India2725-2726 brochure1Brochure outside, also inside2015"SARAL data products will be useful for operational ... communities in many fields like marine meteorology, sea state forecasting, operational oceanography [and] seasonal forecasting"
India2725-2726 brochure2FDC brochure
Iran1862 (Mi1780)19757th World Telecommunications Day1 (in 1975); (the theme2 for that year, "Meteorology and Telecommunications" is implicit in these items)
Iran1863 (Mi1781)
Iran1862-1863 fdcTwo stamps and (pictorial) cancel and (red-brown printed) cachet on FDC
Ireland332-333 fdc (Mi292-293 fdc)Insert from (Ireland Post) FDC, also front1973"The worldwide exchanges of meteorological observations provide the basic information for forecasting the weather for the benefit of aviation, shipping, agriculture and the general public".
ItalyNone(Pictorial) cancel19757th World Telecommunications Day1 (in 1975); (the theme2 for that year, "Meteorology and Telecommunications" is found in the text)
ItalyNone(Pictorial) cancel (different)
MexicoC415 folder (Mi1397 folder)(Pictorial) cancel on FDC folder inside, also outside1973"la aplicación de la meteorología a la aviación, la navegación, la agricultura y otras actividades"
Russia (USSR)None(Black printed) cachet on cover1987Polar meteorology in the service of people and the economy (in Cyrilllic text)
Tunisia653 (Mi860)19757th World Telecommunications Day1 (in 1975); (the theme2 for that year, "Meteorology and Telecommunications" is implicit in these items)
Tunisia653 fdcStamp and (pictorial) cancel and (green printed) cachet on FDC
Tunisia736 (Mi948)197820th anniv. nationalization of Tunisian civil aviation and meteorology
Tunisia736 fdcStamp and (pictorial) cancel and (Éditions J.F.) cachet on FDC
Tunisia841 (Mi1068)198325th anniv. nationalization of Tunisian civil aviation and meteorology
United StatesNone(Coverscape) cachet on cover2019Aviation weather: "adverse weather flying conditions"
Upper Volta95 (Mi99)1962Agricultural meteorology and food production
Upper Volta95 dsDeluxe sheet (95)
Upper Volta95 fdc1Stamp and (text) cancel and (Éditions U.DES.CO) cachet on FDC
Upper Volta95 fdc2Stamp and (text) cancel and (Éditions J.F.) cachet on FDC
YugoslaviaNone(White-on-black printed) cachet on cover19757th World Telecommunications Day1 (in 1975); (the theme2 for that year, "Meteorology and Telecommunications" is found in the text)

1The World Telecommunications Day (WTD) commemorates the founding of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in 1865. It has been celebrated each year on 17 May since 1969. In 1975, the 7th WTD theme was "Meteorology and Telecommunications".
2The 7th World Telecommunications Day (WTD) and the 15th World Meteorological Day (WMD), both celebrated in 1975, had a common theme "Meteorology and Telecommunications". Four WMD items from 1975 are known. In all four of them, the theme is implicit rather than explicit, whereas, as noted in the table above, a few of the 7th WTD items explicitly state this theme.
3Air density is a meteorological variable that is a function of atmospheric temperature, pressure and humidity. It can be important in aviation, since aircraft performance varies with density. For example, on a hot summer day at Denver airport, the low air density means that aircraft need a significantly longer distance for takeoff than at an airport near sea level in winter.
4A pressure altimeter is the basic instrument for measuring altitude in any aircraft. It is a barometer, and so its pressure readings are related to the altitude of the aircraft (the lower the pressure, the higher the altitude). The basic transformation assumes that a standard atmosphere exists below the aircraft. The actual altitude will vary depending on the actual terrain height and surface pressure and profile of atmospheric density3. Those local conditions are accounted for by a correction known as the "altimeter setting", which the pilot obtains by radio from nearby airports.
5Weather information coded for transmission:


Below is a list of Meteorological specialties and applications on satellite launch covers.

CountryCancel DateCancel LocationType of ItemNotes on Content
Meteorological specialties and applications
United States2009-06-27Cape Canaveral FL(Mission 57) back of GOES-14 launch cover, also front"provide forecasting data for the US weather industry and the military, enabling better severe storm warnings and natural resource management. GOES also provides the satellite images seen daily on weather newscasts for the US"


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