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Hurricane Prediction and Control: Impact of Large Computers

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Science  17 Aug 1973:
Vol. 181, Issue 4100, pp. 643-645
DOI: 10.1126/science.181.4100.643


This is the third is a continuing series of articles on natural disasters, their prediction and mnodification, and progress in understanding the physical bases of these phenomena. Two earlier articles (Science, 25 May, p. 851, and 1 June, p. 940) reported advances in earthquake prediction. Hurricanes are the subject here. Generally less devastating than major earthquakes—although a single hurricane in 1970 killed an estimated 200,000 persons in Bangladesh—these storms are still the most destructive of all atmospheric phenomena. A recent report of the National Academy of Sciences (see box) recommends that efforts to modify hurricanes and other severe storms become a national goal.