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Tropical Cyclones of the Pacific

Nature volume 119, pages 218219 (05 February 1927) | Download Citation



REFERENCE was made in a recent article on "The Tropical Cyclone"(Nature, Oct. 9, 1926) to the need for a more complete knowledge of the meteorological conditions in the regions where these storms form, in order to test the correctness of the various theories of the origin of cyclones that have been brought forward at different times. It might have been added that our knowledge is very incomplete even as regards the frequency of their occurrence, the paths which they follow, and the length of life of individual storms, and this is particularly true for the Pacific Ocean. A new work has recently been published,' which fills up a few of the gaps in our knowledge.1 The materials for this work were collected in 1921-1922, when the author spent a year in visiting tropical Oceania and the Far East in order to gather information about cyclones at first hand from resident white officials; he also visited the Meteorological Bureau of the Australian Commonwealth and the Japanese Marine Observatory, as well as various other meteorological centres in the East, in order to study local synoptic weather charts and to discuss his subject with those who have made a special study of the cyclones of those regions.

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