Hurricane Science Legend Dr. Robert Simpson Dies at Age 102
Posted: 6:29 PM EST on December 19, 2014
Dr. Robert Simpson, one of the originators of the familiar Saffir-Simpson scale, passed away peacefully in his sleep today at the age of 102. He was the director of the National Hurricane Center (NHC) from 1967 - 1974.
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A record cold wave swept through the Illinois frontier on this date in 1936. With winds of 70 mph, temperatures dropped from 40 degrees to zero in a matter of hours. Folklore told of chickens frozen in their tracks and streams frozen with up to a foot of ice.
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