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Tracking a Tornado

Creator:
Lapham, Increase Allen 1811-1875
Title:
Tracking a Tornado
Date:
August 21, 1857
Notes:
After he was appointed Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, Joseph Henry's first major project was to create the Smithsonian Meteorological Project by using a country wide network of voluntary observers to record weather information and send it to the Smithsonian. Observations were sent to the Smithsonian primarily on a monthly basis through the mails, but some observers used the growing telegraph network for more rapid transmission of the information. The Smithsonian Meteorological Project existed from 1846-1870 and led to the founding of the National Weather Service. Joseph Henry's research in electromagnetism was instrumental in the development of the telegraph and he was interested in using this new form of data transmission to record scientific information
Summary:
Report from I. A. Lapham of Milwaukee to the Smithsonian Meteorological Project regarding the map showing the track of a tornado that had passed over the eastern portion of Wisconsin on August 21, 1857. See SIA2010-0732 for the map
Restrictions:
No restrictions
Topics:
Volunteers, Natural disasters, Weather, Storms, Maps, Letters
Subject:
Henry, Joseph 1797-1878
Category:
Historic Images of the Smithsonian
Place:
Wisconsin
Form/Genre:
Document
Local Number:
SIA2010-0730
Physical Description:
Number of Images: 1; Color: Color; Size: 7.5w x 5.25h; Type of Image: Letter ; Medium: Document
Full Record:
http://siris-sihistory.si.edu/ipac20/ipac.jsp?&profile=all&source=~!sichronology&uri=full=3100001~!12505~!0#focus
Tracking a Tornado, by Lapham, Increase Allen 1811-1875, August 21, 1857, Smithsonian Archives - History Div, SIA2010-0730.

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