By By (author) Bruce LaFontaine
Fun-to-color photographs and unique captions introduce school-age young ones to tornadoes, hurricanes, blizzards, and different atmospheric stipulations. conscientiously researched illustrations and accompanying textual content depict and clarify cloud varieties, thunderstorm formation, worldwide wind styles and ocean currents, radar climate tools, and different phenomena. forty four black-and-white illustrations.
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The velocity is computed at five hundred feet per second, or three hundred and forty one miles per hour. A fowl, then, forced through the air with this velocity, is torn entirely to pieces; with a less velocity, it is probable most of the feathers might be pulled out without mutilating the body. If I could have the use of a suitable gun I would determine this velocity by experiment. It is presumed to be not far from a hundred miles per hour. 02 cox part 2 6/20/02 11:17 AM Page 43 Elias Loomis • 43 Loomis attempted another innovation while researching the Mayfield tornado.
Such a synoptic weather map would become basic to weather prediction. ” This new method of graphical presentation would forever change the way meteorologists depict the features of storms. It would render for the mind’s eye the information that makes possible a dynamic picture of a moving storm. The spatial representation of those contour lines are the basis of the simplest modern weather maps and the visual output of some of the most sophisticated computer models. Loomis’s findings were based on much larger and more complex storms than either the Redfield hurricane model or Espy’s theory, which best described a thunderstorm.
What Loomis was looking for were clues to the velocity of the winds of the tornado. It was a tricky question. Some objects seemed to have been lifted with miraculously benign force. So it was that an 11-year-old boy attempting to close a door against the wind was lifted out of a window 41 02 cox part 2 42 6/20/02 11:17 AM Page 42 • Storm Watchers and deposited uninjured a distance that Loomis measured by chain as 14 rods from his house. When the boy looked back, the house was gone. In other instances, lightweight objects such as pieces of clapboard siding were imbedded in the ground as deeply as two feet—as if shot from a cannon.