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Early China Coast MeteorologyThe Role of Hong Kong$
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P. Kevin MacKeown

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9789888028856

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888028856.001.0001

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A New Age

A New Age

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(p.207) 8 A New Age
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Early China Coast Meteorology
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P. Kevin MacKeown

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Hong Kong University Press
DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789888028856.003.0008

This chapter examines a new age for the Hong Kong Observatory with the appointment of Frederic George Figg as its director on January 30, 1907. Figg made efforts to improve the issuing of storm warnings and to increase the flow of information into the observatory. He also introduced a new Urgent Signal for situations when the wind could increase to full typhoon force at any moment. In addition, Figg also managed to iron out the observatory's conflict with the Shanghai and Manila Observatories.

Keywords:   Hong Kong Observatory, Frederic George Figg, storm warnings, urgent signal, typhoon

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