Science: Out of the Doldrums

Australians call it willy-willy; Filipinos, baguios; Chinese, tai-fun; Indians, typhoon. It is the wildest and most destructive of all storms.* Last week Atlantic Coast Americans, who got their word for it from the Carib Indian Huracan (god of stormy weather), were treated to an unusually messy hurricane. For the second time in six years, a tropical cyclone hit the Eastern seaboard with full force (see U.S. AT WAR).

All North American hurricanes start in the same area. Somewhere in "the doldrums," a generally calm region in the equatorial Atlantic between the Cape Verde...

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