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Pat Shingleton: "What A Prediction!"

4 years 1 month 3 weeks ago Wednesday, March 25 2015 Mar 25, 2015 March 25, 2015 3:00 AM March 25, 2015 in Pat Shingleton Column
By: Pat Shingleton

It has been a slow start for Tornado Season. 2015. Similar to land falling, devastating hurricanes, it only takes one.  Years ago, tornadoes were identified and targeted by eyesight, telegraph and later the telephone. Current technology and additional resources provide lead time to protect life and property. On this date, March 25, 1948, tornado forecasting was first discovered. 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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