83rd Annual

Thursday, 13 February 2003
Bob Simpson's Legacy in Hawaii
Thomas A. Schroeder, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI
Robert Simpson served as Chief Meteorologist at the National Weather Service , Honolulu (then Territory of Hawaii) in the Post-War period (beginning in 1948. His legacy includes : 1. The first use of the term "Hurricane" for a tropical cyclone in the Hawaiian area ( Hiki, 1950). 2. The introduction of the "Kona" storm to the literature. 3. Identification of Hawaiian Volcanic eruptions with Pacific-wide haze episoeds. 4. Founding of the original Mauna Loa Summit Observatory (1949) and susequent establishment of the Mauna Loa Slope Observatory. 5. Recruitment into the Weather Bureau of individuals such as Alan Pearson ( One of what became known as the Pineapple Mafia.).

In this poster we shall highlight Bob's original contributions and illustrate subsequent research and accomplishments by those who have followed .

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