Circular Relative to Tornadoes

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A circular "Queries Relative to Tornadoes" is sent to meteorological observers. Secretary Joseph Henry reports on some of the responses in the Annual Report for 1862 (page 29).


Henry, Joseph 1797-1878


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • Smithsonian Miscellaneous Collections, Vol. 10. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution, 1873, Article VI.
  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1862. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1863, p. 29.

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May 1862


  • Weather
  • Citizen science
  • Secretaries
  • Weather forecasting
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • Tornadoes
  • Memorandums
  • Volunteers
  • Meteorology



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