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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Below is a list of Meteorological specialties and applications on postal items (stamps, souvenir sheets, aerogrammes, postal cards, etc.).
|Country||Catalog Number||Type of Item||Year of Issue||Notes on Content|
|Meteorological specialties and applications|
|Australia||1382 (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)|
|Australia||1384a proof||Block of 4 proof|
|Austria||None||(Pictorial) cancel on cover||1976||14th International Conference on Alpine Meteorology|
|Croatia||None||(Slogan) cancel on cover||2012||"Meteorology serving the public"|
|Croatia||None||(Slogan) cancel on cover (different)||2012||"Meteorology serving the public"|
|Ecuador||2041a (Mi3350)||One of block of 4 (2041 (a-d)) (Mi3350-3353)||2011||artistic depiction of volcanic ash (can have a significant impact on aviation)|
|Ecuador||2041 fdc||One of block of 4 on FDC, also back|
|France||None||(Purple rubber-stamp) cachet on postcard||1910||Aviation meteorology service #6|
|France||B329 card (Mi1240 card)||Card||1959||Meteorology in the service of aviation and the transport of airmail|
|Germany (Berlin)||None||(Text) cancel on postal card||1968||"Meteorology contributes to the economy" (in German text)|
|India||2725-2726 brochure (Mi2870-2871 brochure)||Brochure page2, also page1 from brochure||2015||"SARAL data products will be useful for operational ... communities in many fields like marine meteorology, sea state forecasting, operational oceanography [and] seasonal forecasting"|
|India||2725-2726 fdc-brochure (Mi2870-2871 fdc-brochure)||Brochure page2, also page1 from fdc brochure|
|Iran||1862 (Mi1780)||1975||7th World Telecommunications Day1 (in 1975); (the theme2 for that year, "Meteorology and Telecommunications" is implicit in these items)|
|Iran||1862-1863 fdc||Two stamps and cancel and cachet on FDC|
|Italy||None||(Pictorial) cancel||1975||7th World Telecommunications Day1 (in 1975); (the theme2 for that year, "Meteorology and Telecommunications" is found in the text)|
|Russia (USSR)||None||(Black printed) cachet on cover||1987||Polar meteorology in the service of people and the economy (in Cyrilllic text)|
|Tunisia||653 (Mi860)||1975||7th World Telecommunications Day1 (in 1975); (the theme2 for that year, "Meteorology and Telecommunications" is implicit in these items)|
|Tunisia||653 fdc||Stamp and cancel and cachet on FDC|
|Tunisia||736 (Mi948)||1978||20th anniv. nationalization of Tunisian civil aviation and meteorology|
|Tunisia||736 fdc||Stamp and cancel and cachet on FDC|
|Tunisia||841 (Mi1068)||1983||25th anniv. nationalization of Tunisian civil aviation and meteorology|
|United States||None||(Coverscape) cachet on cover||2019||Aviation weather: "adverse weather flying conditions"|
|Upper Volta||95 (Mi99)||1962||Agricultural meteorology and food production|
|Upper Volta||95 ds||Deluxe sheet (95)|
|Upper Volta||95 fdc1||Stamp and (text) cancel and (Éditions U.DES.CO) cachet on FDC|
|Upper Volta||95 fdc2||Stamp and (text) cancel and (Éditions J.F.) cachet on FDC|
|Yugoslavia||None||(White-on-black printed) cachet on cover||1975||7th 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.
Below is a list of Meteorological specialties and applications on satellite launch covers.
|Country||Cancel Date||Cancel Location||Type of Item||Notes on Content|
|Meteorological specialties and applications|
|United States||2009-06-27||Cape 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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