from headquarters Abstract Service Available On-Line For 47 years AMS has been publishing the only fields. Once a subscriber finds a described abstract, abstract service devoted exclusively to covering the subject headings are hot-linked to other abstracts in world's meteorology, climatology, atmospheric chem- that subject area. istry and physics, physical oceanography, hydrology, One of the most innovative aspects of this product and related earth sciences literature. Throughout its is the ability to interact with MGA editors and other publication history, the Meteorological and subscribers. Subscribers can post queries and submit Geoastrophysical Abstracts (MGA) has reached sev- pertinent comments about the features of the Web site. eral milestones, including expanding its database to In addition, this site offers a "news" area, containing encompass more than 180 000 abstracts and offering items describing new information sources from com- MGA on CD-ROM. The latest milestone is the devel- mercial publishers, universities, and government opment of MGA on the Web, which was demonstrated organizations. at AMS's 77th Annual Meeting in early February. As with the print version, MGA on the Web pro- vides coverage from over 400 sources, such as jour- Inforonics, based in Littleton, Massachusetts, has nal articles, conference proceedings, books, technical been producing and distributing MGA for AMS since reports, monographs, series, and annuals. The Web 1991; they have been compiling the electronic data- edition, as well as the print, is updated monthly with base since 1972. The company has developed a con- as many as 750 new abstracts. trolled access gateway to MGA on the Web, containing a fully searchable database of the past 23 years' worth A demonstration site containing 15 000 abstracts of meteorological and related sciences literature. is available at http://www.mganet.com. Users may sample the product and provide feedback to Subscribers to MGA on the Web can formulate Inforonics. searches using 19 indexes created from author, title, bibliographic, subject index, UDC code, and abstract * K 4 > \ •III HllMiHHMHHH i ••••••••lli l Weathe r Catastrophes In the 10 years 1937-1946, there were 96 weather catastrophes in the United States causing 3137 deaths, or 10.5 and 24.2% of the respective totals of all catastrophes in this period, according to a com- pilation of the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, published in their Statistical Bul- letin, Mar., 1947, pp. 1—4. By "catastrophe" is meant an accident or condition killing 5 or more people. There were 14 occasions when the loss of life was 100 or more, of which 6 were weather, ranking 1st (1938 hurricane, 682 lives), 3rd (1937 Ohio-Mis- sissippi valley floods, claiming 360), 7th (Feb.-Mar. 1938, southern California floods, 181), 9th (1944, June 23 tornadoes in Pa., W. Va.,andMd., 159), 11th (1945, Apr. 12, tornadoes in Okla., Mo., and Ark., 119), and 13th (1942, Mar. 17, tornadoes in south- ern and midwestern states, 111).—C. F. B. Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 28, 175. 700 Vol. 78i, No. 4, April 1997
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