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Pat Shingleton: "Miller and Fawbush Were the First!"

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Posted: Mar 24, 2014 5:56 PM by Pat Shingleton

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Topics: Tornadoes. Tornado Prediction

Weather forecasting changed on this date in 1948. As noted in a previous anniversary column, two Air Force weathermen, Air Capt. Robert Miller and Maj. Ernest Fawbush proved, with a certain degree of accuracy, that a prediction could be issued to determine when a tornado would hit. With reams of atmospheric data and a radarscope designed for a World War II airplane, the two officers issued the first tornado warning. They determined that atmospheric conditions were identical to an earlier tornado that damaged the base and predicted that the next would be stronger than the first. Miller and Fawbush typed out a warning, insisting on evacuations and ordering the tie-down of planes. The results and consequences in tomorrow's column.

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