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QuakeFinder 4th Quarter Newsletter 2016

History of Tornado Forecasting, Part 1.

This newsletter is a continuation of our series of studies into the history of weather and natural disaster forecasting.  The intent of these studies is to understand the pioneering efforts of those who brought us these capabilities, the often-messy process of discovery, the societal reaction and impacts of forecasting, the resistance of establishment naysayers, and all the setbacks and triumphs along the way.  QuakeFinder seeks to enable an earthquake forecasting system and gathering these lessons-learned from history will help guide us on our quest.  The following article is a look into very early days of tornado forecasting.

Did you know the first official tornado forecasts in the U.S. were made in the 1880s?  According to author Marlene Bradford of Scanning the Skies – A History of Tornado Forecasting, these forecasts became highly controversial, were quickly terminated, and a ban on the word ‘Tornado’ in government weather forecasting was instituted until 1938.

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