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A New Age

P. Kevin MacKeown

in Early China Coast Meteorology

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9789888028856
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882206878 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5790/hongkong/9789888028856.003.0008
A New Age

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This chapter examines a new age for the Hong Kong Observatory with the appointment of Frederic George Figg as its director on January 30, 1907. Figg made efforts to improve the issuing of storm warnings and to increase the flow of information into the observatory. He also introduced a new Urgent Signal for situations when the wind could increase to full typhoon force at any moment. In addition, Figg also managed to iron out the observatory's conflict with the Shanghai and Manila Observatories.

Keywords: Hong Kong Observatory; Frederic George Figg; storm warnings; urgent signal; typhoon

Chapter.  9850 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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