March 25, 1948
This memorial is dedicated to the first operational tornado forecast issued on March 25, 1948 by Major Ernest J. Fawbush and Captain Robert C. Miller at Tinker air force base, Oklahoma.
Issued several hours before a tornado struck Tinker air force base, this first forecast proved severe weather could be anticipated with a reasonable degree of accuracy. This focused national attention on forecasting tornadoes and warning the public of their potential danger.
Severe weather pioneers, Major Fawbush and Captain Miller, developed tornado forecasting techniques still in use today. The 1948 tornado forecast was the forerunner of today’s national severe weather forecasting and research program that protects lives and serves the American people.
Dedicated march 25, 1998
Located at Heritage Airpark on Tinker Air Base, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
In the evening of March 25, 1948, a tornado roared through Tinker Air Force Base (AFB), Oklahoma, causing considerable damage, a few injuries, but no fatalities. However, the destruction could have been much worse. A few hours earlier Air Force Captain Robert C. Miller and Major Ernest J. Fawbush correctly predicted that ATMOSPHERIC CONDITIONS were ripe for tornadoes in the vicinity of Tinker AFB. This first tornado forecast was instrumental in advancing the nation's commitment to protecting the American public and military resources from the dangers caused by natural hazards.