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    typhoon Detection.

    In 1971 a disastrous typhoon (Rose) swept through Hong Kong and killing 35 people?

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    typhoon Detection.

    In 1971 a disastrous typhoon (Rose) swept through Hong Kong and killing 35 people and wrecking many ships on the rocky shores of the harbour and outlying islands. The typhoons cannot be prevented; but the less of life and shipping would have been much greater if warning forecasts from the Royal Hong Kong Observatory had net alerted shipping to the danger. On any normal day close to a hundred ships lie in Hong Kong harbour leading or ??? unleading cargo, not counting the hundreds of small junks that ply the waters and borth in the many typhoon shelters around the island. They too carefully need the warnings of the observatory, remembering the less of 1200 lives during a typhoon in 1937.

    ??? the many outlying island station and radar installations the Observatory keeps close watch on shifting weather patterns. The radar done high step the peak close by to Hong Kong's international Kai Tak airport scans the changing weather patterns for miles around. Other information from prints throughout Asia are received by radio as well as meres signals and eventually are correlated into useful patterns that show the changing weather.

    The typhoon season in Hong Kong is mainly in late summer and it is during this time that particularly close watch is kept for emergent typhoon patterns. Feather maps are exchanged with other Asian centres by means of wirephoto transmissions, and satellite pictures are scanned for patterns of emerging typhoons.

    Time lapse studies of radar screens show the swirling clouds of typhoons forming.

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