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TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 12 - HURRICANE DONNA AND EARLY RADAR
Forty years ago today, Hurricane Donna rocketed up the Eastern Seaboard, its center
passing just 80 miles offshore of the Jersey and Delaware
coasts. Winds were clocked at
58 mph at Atlantic City and gusted past tropical storm force in Philadelphia and Wilmington.
But Donna's main affect on this area was 5 to 7 inches of rain.
radar image of Hurricane Donna while it was over Florida.
In 1960, weather
radar was still a relatively new technology, and Donna was one of the first hurricanes
studied up close with it. The spiraling shape of the hurricane is clearly evident -
rainy areas are white, while the eye is the darker, circular region near the center of
Contrast this 40-year old radar image with a
colorful, high resolution radar of a
hurricane taken recently. It's pretty obvious that, as with many other aspects of
meteorology, radar's come a long way since then.