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GEOPHYSICAL MONOGRAPH SERIES, VOL. 79, PP. 479-493, 1993

Aerial survey and photography of tornado and microburst damage

T. T. Fujita and B. E. Smith

The tornado as defined in the Glossary of Meteorology [Huschke, 1959] is “a violent rotating column of air, pendant from a cumulonimbus cloud, and nearly always observable as a funnel cloud or tuba.” In reality, however, no funnel cloud can be confirmed in blinding rain or during a dark night. Furthermore, a well-defined funnel on the ground does not always leave behind a continuous damage swath produced by a single vortex traveling on the ground.

Citation: Fujita, T. T., and B. E. Smith (1993), Aerial survey and photography of tornado and microburst damage, in The Tornado: Its Structure, Dynamics, Prediction, and Hazards, Geophys. Monogr. Ser., vol. 79, edited by C. Church et al., pp. 479–493, AGU, Washington, D. C., doi:10.1029/GM079p0479.

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