The Story of the First Tornado Forecast April 18, 2011 11:44 PMSubscribe
"Are you going to issue a tornado forecast?" [asked the general]. We both made abortive efforts at crawling out of such a horrendous decision. We pointed out the infinitesimal possibility of a second tornado striking the same area within twenty years or more, let alone in five days. "Besides," we said, "no one has ever issued an operational tornado forecast." Fawbush and Miller were the reluctant young forecasters, and the general was Fred "Fritz" Borum; the link goes to Miller's first person re-telling. The story takes place at Oklahoma's Tinker Air Force Base over five days in 1948, and it would lead to the establishment of ongoing successful programs for tornado and other forms of severe weather forecasting.