Guest Video: Time Lapse Videos in 2016


We move too fast to see much of the movement made by this giant we live on and in, unless it has a spasm of some sort, like an earthquake, eruption, landslide, or storm.

None of us has the time to just stand around, watching the fascinating world around us. Fortunately, there are cameras.

So relax now for 16 minutes or so and let the sky roll over you (watch out for the snails and pity the ants, who live at an even faster pace than our own).



Mr. Tornado: Tetsuya “Ted” Fujita

Tetsuya Fujita is best known for his tornado scale and research into thunderstorms and downbursts. He also did a lot of public outreach and has an IMDb page.

Many of his insights into severe weather came from studying damage patterns. This fascination with damage probably grew out of his early experiences during World War II.
 

A residential section of Tokyo after Operation Meetinghouse on March 10, 1945.  (Wikipedia)

A residential section of Tokyo after Operation Meetinghouse on March 10, 1945. Wikipedia

The early years

Fujita was born in 1920 on northern Kyushu Island in the Greater Japanese Empire. His parents, both teachers, lived in a small village. As a child he loved exploring, as well as cartography.

His father died in 1939, two years after the Second Sino-Japanese War had begun. His mother died in 1941, the year that Japan attacked Pearl Harbor.
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