Tetsuya Fujita


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(b. Kitakyushu City, Japan, 23 October 1920; d. Chicago, 19 November 1998)

Japanese-American meteorologist, noted for his seminal work on mesoscale phenomena such as thunderstorms, squall lines, mesocyclones, and tornadoes. He developed the tornado damage scale (see Fujita scale) and became the leading expert on tornadoes. His discovery of the existence of microbursts was initially controversial, but is now accepted as being of great significance both meteorologically and for airline safety.

Subjects: Meteorology and Climatology.

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