The first numerical weather prediction was made on the ENIAC computer in 1950. This lecture gives some of the historical background of that event and a partially narrative account of it.

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1 Victor P. Starr Memorial Lecture, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 27 October 1978. The verbatim text of the lecture has been modified for publication in the Bulletin by the addition of citations, section headings, and an abstract.