70th Anniversary of the first hurricane seeding experiment

On the afternoon of October 13, 1947, an Air Force B-17 aircraft penetrated a hurricane 415 miles (667 km) east of Jacksonville and dumped several pounds of crushed dry ice into the storm, just to see what would happen.  This was the first attempt to modify a tropical cyclone by seeding it with freezing nuclei.  … Continue reading 70th Anniversary of the first hurricane seeding experiment

280th Anniversary of the Calcutta Cyclone

On the night of October 11, 1737, a severe tropical cyclone struck the port city of Calcutta (Kolkata) leaving an incredible trail of death and destruction.  A storm surge was sent  up the Ganges River, storm winds were felt 60 leagues (200 miles, 333 km) inland, and thousands of vessels were sunk.  Initial reports from a … Continue reading 280th Anniversary of the Calcutta Cyclone