John Park Finley
|John Park Finley|
|Born||April 11, 1854
Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
|Died||November 24, 1943
Battle Creek, Michigan, USA
|Institutions||United States Army|
|Known for||Tornado research|
John Park Finley (April 11, 1854 – November 24, 1943) was an American meteorologist and Army Signal Service officer who was the first person to study tornadoes intensively. He also wrote the first known book on the subject as well as many other manuals and booklets, collected vast climatological data, set up a nationwide weather observer network, started one of the first private weather enterprises, and opened an early aviation weather school.
The University of Oklahoma holds a large collection of Finley's publications. Here are some selected works, which may or may not be contained in said collection:
- Finley, J. P. (1881). The tornadoes of May 29 and 30, 1879, In Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri, and Iowa. Prof. Paper No. 4, U.S. Signal Service.
- Finley, JP, WB Hazen (1884). Charts of Relative Storm Frequency for a Portion of the Northern Hemisphere. U.S. Army Signal Office.
- --- (1884). Report of the character of six hundred tornadoes. Prof. Paper No. 7, U.S. Signal Service, 116 pp.
- --- (1887). Tornadoes: What They Are and How to Observe Them. Insurance Monitor Press, New York, 196 pp.
- --- (1889). State Tornado Charts. Amer. Meteor. J., 5.
|Wikiquote has a collection of quotations related to: John Park Finley|
- Galway, Joseph G.; Tim Marshall (2000). "A Tribute to John Park Finley". Stormtrack 23 (6): 2–10.
- Galway, Joseph G. (Dec 1985). "J.P. Finely: The First Severe Storms Forecaster". B. Am. Meteorol. Soc. 66 (12): 1506–10. Bibcode:1985BAMS...66.1506G. doi:10.1175/1520-0477(1985)066<1506:JFTFSS>2.0.CO;2.
- Bradford, Marlene (Aug 1999). "Historical Roots of Modern Tornado Forecasts and Warnings". Wea. Forecasting 14 (4): 484–91. Bibcode:1999WtFor..14..484B. doi:10.1175/1520-0434(1999)014<0484:HROMTF>2.0.CO;2.
- Grazulis, Thomas P. (Jul 1993). Significant Tornadoes 1680-1991: A Chronology and Analysis of Events. St. Johnsbury, VT: The Tornado Project of Environmental Films. pp. 195–6. ISBN 1-879362-03-1.
- Murphy, Allan H. (March 1996). "The Finley Affair: A Signal Event in the History of Forecast Verification". Wea. Forecasting 11 (1): 3–20. Bibcode:1996WtFor..11....3M. doi:10.1175/1520-0434(1996)011<0003:TFAASE>2.0.CO;2.
- Galway, Joseph G. (Sep-Oct 2000). "John Finley, The First Severe Storms Forecaster". Stormtrack (Texas) 23 (6): 2–4.
- Galway, Joseph G. NOAA Tech Memorandum ERL-NSSL-97.
- Marshall, Tim (Sep-Oct 2000). "John Finley's First Tornado Damage Survey". Stormtrack (Texas) 23 (6): 5–10.
- John Park Finley: Early Tornado Forecasts (Bio by Keith C. Heidorn)
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