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Fujita: The man behind the scale

Tetsuya Theodore Fujita approached meteorology from the eyes of an engineer. After obtaining a degree in mechanical engineering in Japan, Fujita eventually travelled to Illinois and joined the staff of the University of Chicago. His research centered on debris patterns produced by severe weather. Fujita quickly discovered that the estimated winds of a tornado could be calculated based on the damage it produced.  This concept became the foundation of the original Fujita Scale, which rated tornado intensity on a scale from F0 (weak) to F5 (incredibly strong). The scale was readjusted in recent years, and is now referred to as…

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Sunday Science Tidbit; Semi-Permanent Pressure Systems

In this week’s Sunday Science Tidbit, we’re going to talk about semi-permanent pressure systems.   You’ve heard the WNCT meteorologists talk…

Sunday Science Tidbit; What is the color of the ocean?

Our very own Kelly Byrne gave me the topic for this week’s Sunday Science Tidbit. So… What color is the ocean? Blue, green, blue-green, brow…