35th anniversary of the publication first documenting the eyewall cycle in intense tropical cyclones

In February, 1982, The Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences published a ground-breaking study by Hugh Willoughby, Jean Clos, and Mohammed Shoreibah on what became to be known as the eyewall replacement cycle.  Using data obtained from NOAA P3 flights into very intense Hurricanes Anita, David and Allen, they found that a common feature of intense …

40th Anniversary of the loss of Air Force reconnaissance plane in Typhoon Bess

On October 12, 1974, an Air Force C-130 Typhoon Chaser plane, with its six man crew, was lost during reconnaissance of Typhoon Bess while over the South China Sea.  This was the last such reconnaissance flight to go down in a tropical cyclone and the only C-130 to suffer such a fate. By most measures …