Alternative History
Nuclear-explosion.jpg This 1983: Doomsday page is a Proposal.

It has not been ratified and is therefore not yet a part of the 1983: Doomsday Timeline. You are welcome to correct errors and/or comment at the Talk Page. If you add this label to an article, please do not forget to make mention of it on the main Discussion page for the Timeline.

Out with the Old

Following the atomic holocaust on September 26, 1983 the nascent network of interconnected weather radars and atmospheric forecasting came to an abrupt end. With only a handful of places having both power and the technology to support large-scale radar systems, weather forecasting was all but impossible for almost a decade. Weather Surveillance Radars, or WSRs, were well-connected and covered almost everywhere east of the Rockies and isolated areas in and west of them by 1983. Miraculously, the primary facility for manufacturing them survived in Enterprise, Alabama where Neonotia found the facility intact upon re-opening its doors in 1989. Manufacturer's manuals and detailed technical instructions would come in very handy to repair existing damaged systems or to operate new ones. Spare parts were used to assemble what systems they could, and Neonotia became the first nation in the former Continental United States to resume a regular weather service in 1991.

Getting the Parts

Unfortunately it would be almost another decade before more than repair of other systems could be achieved. Virginia, West Texas, and Kentucky would prove key in developing the manufacturing base to re-start construction of WSR-74S systems first in the Southeast then across the remainder of the nation. The former CSX rail line connecting Charleston, Lexington, Rome, and Enterprise is key in transporting the components to the factory, the rebuilding of such facilities was also important in the nascent 'Electronic Revolution' of the last decade with the return and boom of consumer goods. Nations began talking as did regional systems, even if they did not agree on many things, many would like some warning of severe weather and a better idea of when rain would be expected. A National Weather Service seemed inappropriate given that there was no nation to represent it, and debate raged both over where to place the new organization and what to call it.

Continental Weather Service

Founded in 1992, headquartered at Valdosta State University with branches in Davenport (Quad Cities), Torrington, Astoria (prior to its annexation along with Cascadia and the Pasco Free State to the US State of Oregon in 2018) and Salisbury, the Continental Weather Service serves the nations of North America to provide atmospheric data as well as weather reporting. Quietly, they also hope to become the home of a unified space program as satellites would be ideal for weather data, but any initiative along those lines is being kept very quiet. Daily weather reports are available to any telegraph line, newspaper, radio station, television station, government, or any other information medium for a monthly or yearly fee. They maintain all of the weather equipment themselves from radar to the METAR systems that code this information between the stations. Their service is credited with mitigating several disasters, the few countries that held out from subscriptions (Republic of Florida in 1992, Republic of Louisiana in 2005) or were not aware of the service due to isolation (Joplin, 2011) suffered disasters that might otherwise have been at least partially mitigated. As a service based in Neonotia, there is some suspicion of intelligence gathering by its operatives, especially in regards to emerging military air traffic/capabilities. Unofficially the Continental Weather Service also manages civilian aircraft radar systems as irregularly scheduled small passenger airlines are just beginning to reappear in a handful of areas. In the near-term, the engineers at Valdosta State are also said to have developed a 'NEXt-Generation RADar' also called the WSR-11, production of these 'NEXRAD' systems began three years with expectation for the whole network to be converted by 2022. Atmospheric data, detection systems, as well as anything related to space launches or launch systems is of interest to the CWS and they are known to field teams at old Cape Canaveral as well as some old military launch sites.