Science: Hurricane Tracer

Ever since it "lost" the hurricane of 1938, which hit New England almost without warning, the Weather Bureau has sought a really dependable way of tracking hurricanes. Watching their movements from high-flying airplanes is costly, intermittent and dangerous. Radars help a lot, but what they show is belts of rain, which may be far from the center of the storm.

Last week the Weather Bureau successfully tried out an apparatus that makes the hurricane itself tell the position of its center. An Air Force B50 flew over the calm eye of Hurricane Helene, then 500 miles east of Palm Beach. A metal...

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