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Pat Shingleton: "The 1st Successful Tornado Prediction"

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Posted: Mar 25, 2014 5:53 PM by Pat Shingleton

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Topics: Tinker Air Force Base. First Tornado Warning.

Florida records more lightning hits than any other state but 65 years ago, Capt. Robert Miller and Maj. Ernest Fawbush believed a tornado was going to strike Tinker Air Force base in Oklahoma. As noted in Monday's column it marked the first time in weather forecasting that a tornado warning was issued and when the two officers ended their shift, nothing happened. They were certain that their prediction was a mistake. Between 5 P.M. and 7 P.M., the storm hit and twisters caused $6 million in damage with no injuries. The scientists proved that predictions on when a tornado could hit were possible and were given the responsibility for severe forecasts for all domestic military bases. March 25, 1948, is recognized as first tornado warning day.

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