The Thunderstorm Project

The Thunderstorm Project (HM2HIP)

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N 39° 25.732', W 83° 48.396'

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Before and during World War II, the aviation industry was vulnerable
to adverse weather conditions, particularly thunderstorms. In 1945,
Congress mandated the nation's first large-scale, scientific study of
thunderstorms. The Thunderstorm Project was a cooperative undertaking of the U.S. Weather Bureau, Army Air Force, Navy, and the
National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (predecessor of NASA).
The first phase of the project was conducted in Florida in 1946 and
the second phase in Clinton County in 1947, partly because weather
fronts frequently pass through this area. Pilots from the Clinton
County Army Air Force Base made many flights through storms of
varying intensities and all stages of development.

Scientists also used radar, balloon soundings, and an extensive network of weather instruments in Clinton, Brown and Highland counties to gather observations which led to an understanding of the structures and life cycle of thunderstorms. The Thunderstorm Project was the first weather research study in which radar and airplanes had a central role. The project demonstrated that radar could be used to detect the most dangerous parts of thunderstorms and guide airplanes around them. Scientists at the University of Chicago analyzed data from the project and published their results in 1949. Theories they developed from

data gathered here and in Florida remain essential for understanding thunderstorms and relates weather phenomena.
Year Placed2013
Placed ByThe Clinton County Historical Society, Lytle Creek League of Conservators, Wilmington College, and The Ohio Historical Society
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Date Added Tuesday, June 4th, 2019 at 11:01am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 258426 N 4368129
Decimal Degrees39.42886667, -83.80660000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 25.732', W 83° 48.396'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 25' 43.92" N, 83° 48' 23.76" W
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