||To the left is a drawing by Benjamin Franklin and his understanding
of water spouts. Benjamin Franklin was a student of severe weather and
theorized about how storms formed. Representation of waterspout
accompanying "Water-spouts and Whirlwinds" by Benjamin Franklin. This
paper was republished in "The complete works in philosophy, politics,
and morals, of the late Dr. Benjamin Franklin ....", 1806. Volume II, p.
26. Library Call Number PS745 .A2 1806. Image ID: wea00342,
Historic NWS Collection
Exploring the upper air with a weather box - Kite released at Drexel Aerological Station Continuously read temperature, wind velocity,
pressure, altitude, and time In: "The Boy with the U.S. Weather Men",
1917, p. 172.
Image ID: wea01101, Historic NWS Collection
Location: Drexel, Nebraska
Photo Date: 1915?
kites were used to bring recording instruments to high levels
Temperature, pressure, humidity and winds were observed from kites.
ID: wea01100, Historic NWS Collection
Location: Fort Whipple (Fort Myers), Arlington, Virginia
Photo Date: 1894?
Launching a pilot balloon Women's first opportunities in meteorology
occurred as a result of WWII
ID: wea01117, Historic NWS Collection
Photo Date: Ca. 1944
||Talk about a scary looking sight. If you ever see something like this
heading your way you had better get below ground in a storm shelter or
basement. This tornado had an incredibly wide debris field. Remember to
have a severe weather safety plan in place.
From Historic NWS Collection. A massive tornado
Image ID: wea00216,
||An area I have chased
in many times is
Kansas. This was a very ominous site to the local residents in 1949.
Hopefully everyone made it to safe shelter before it hit. A narrow
tornado does not mean it is weaker. It may have a smaller surface area
in contact with the ground, but the wind speeds could still be very
Tornado at Manhattan, Kansas
Image ID: wea00214, Historic NWS Collection
Photo Date: 1949 May 31
Deadly Twin Tornadoes
Rare Twin Tornado Pic.
major tornado outbreaks have taken place on Palm Sundays. Palm
Sunday outbreak II happened on March 27th 1994 while this
incredible twin tornadoes photo was during the Palm Sunday outbreak in
and was one of six Midwest states to be raked by deadly tornadoes. In all,
47 tornadoes killed 271 people and injured over 1,500. This is a rare
twin large tornado photo taken by Paul Huffman.
ID: wea00217, Historic NWS Collection
Location: Elkhart, Indiana
Photo Date: 1965 April 11
Photographer: Mr. Paul Huffman
looking tornado this photo entitled "A funnel within a funnel". You can
chase and photograph tornadoes your whole life and never see all the
variations possible. Each year, each chase brings a new
look, a new tornado unique to itself, just adding to the wonder of these
Image ID: wea00218, Historic NWS Collection
Location: Near Jasper, Minnesota
Photo Date: 1927 July 8
storm chasers would love to see one of these, a waterspout. Similar to
its cousin the tornado, waterspouts can move onto land and become a
tornado, but usually die off quickly when coming ashore and do little
Multiple waterspouts off the Bahamas Islands
Image ID: wea00313, Historic NWS Collection
Location: Bahamas Islands
Photographer: Dr. Joseph Golden, NOAA
waterspout observed from aircraft accompanying North Atlantic convoy
during WWII. In: "Wenn die Elemente wuten" by Frank W. Lane. P. 49.
Library Call Number M15 L265eg 1948. Image ID: wea00344, Historic
Photographer: Archival Photograph by Mr. Steve Nicklas, NOS, NGS
Credit: Royal Air Force Photograph
|Chasing tornadoes in the flat plains of the united states makes it
easy to spot and photograph tornadoes. The wide open spaces leaves little
to interfere with your view and allows fantastic photos like this one titled
"Tornado in farm country ".
Image ID: wea00213
Historic NWS Collection
at Lebanon, Kansas, from the collection of S. D. Flora. In: 'Monthly
Weather Review," July 1919, p. 448.
ID: wea00246, Historic NWS Collection
Location: Lebanon, Kansas
Photo Date: 1913 October 09
|| NOAA Photo Library, NOAA Central Library; OAR/ERL/National Severe
Storms Laboratory (NSSL) "Rope" or decay stage of tornado. During "Sound
Chase", a joint project of NSSL and Mississippi State University.
Image ID: nssl0056, National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL) Collection
Location: Cordell, Oklahoma
Photo Date: May 22, 1981
|This photo taken in Lebanon Kansas in 1902
Photo from Copyright 1902. Prints and Photographs Division, Library