Science: Operation Thunderstorm

What is a thunderstorm? Nobody knows exactly, because science has never thoroughly dissected one.

Last week U.S. scientists were busy at the long-neglected job. Using one of the most elaborate collections of paraphernalia ever assembled—planes, radar, cameras, raindrop measurers, recording devices in great variety—the Army Air Forces, Navy and U.S. Weather Bureau had launched a project to find out all that man can know about a storm, from its fleecy birth to crescendo climax. Because thunderstorms are flying's greatest hazard, the investigators hope their study will develop reliable methods of recognizing and avoiding...

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