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 - $8,492,006 an was i Plane Crash Victim Dies...
$8,492,006 an was i Plane Crash Victim Dies Weather Forecasting Job Complex, Citrus Men Told By Richard Lyttle Farm Reporter , Citrus growers met the man who predicts temperatures for county stations last night when William Rogers of the U.S. Weather Bureau spoke to members members of the citrus committee of the Farm Bureau at the Glen Tavern, Santa Paula. Rogers,' stationed in Santa Paula, forecasts for Santa Barbara Barbara and Ventura counties and part of San Fernando Valley, one ,of the 12 districts covered the Fruit Frost Service. The weatherman phon»s his predictions predictions to Pomona where the familiar voice of Floyd Young broadcasts the probable temperatures temperatures to the growers. In his speech, Rogers made a forecast of what weather service service would be like in the future. said that forecasts of weather will never be 100 percent accurate, accurate, but new methods and 1 '.nstruments will considerably mprove the accuracy and ·ange of predictions. New Computer One of the instruments, used year for the first time, is electronic computer that can figure many of the complex formulas much faster than man. Rogers explained that many equations of physics are applicable to atmospheric conditions. Rogers said that the cost of weather service will grow* as instruments are developed as men entering the field William Rogers need more training. He also yesterday - Head Injury Kills Oak View Man An Oak View man whose private plane hit a high tension wire, crashed and partially- burned in the Ventura river fl near Oak View Gardens- yester- oay morning, died at 2:15 a.ni today. The victim, William Gene Bess, 26, died 17 hours after crash from head injuries, according according to reports Bess was' dragged from his burning single-engine cabin plane by three workmen who witnessed the crash at 915 a thought that business for private meteorologists would increase. 'Industries are increasing their demands for special services that the U.S. Weather Bureau cannot handle, demands tha can be handled by private practice." practice." Roffers snir? The from Wreakage witnesses, who wer* working with bulldozers in tha nyer bed some 200 yards from u where the plane hit the wire t ran to the scene, dragged Bessf Pressure Forced Free-Last Free-Last American; WASHINGTON, OH U. S. officials said today unceasing American pressure apparently 1 Russia to its sudden decision to free the last three Americans known in Soviet They said Russia probably have left the trio in Soviet labor camps much longer Ambassador Charles E. Bohen had not hammered at the iCremlin door repeatedly during past year. Soviets agreed yesterday turn over to American au- tice," Rogers said. In speaking more of his job in the count}', Rogers said that many of the stations he gives forecasts for are not generally representative of the area. The' Ventura station, he explained, is always about four degrees warmer than the surrounding orchards. "The Oxnard station is generally representative of the Oxnard Plain, but fingers of cold air that drain across the plain often give large variations between ranches in the 'area," he said. The .Santa · Rosa station is representative of most spots near the foothills bordering the plain. In the Santa Clara Valley, Rogers pointed out that the Pirn station represents a high level unconscious dragged Bess? body from the wreckage, and attempted to put out the fire with sand. The workmen, who said they knew Bess, -were identified George Stalling of Oaks, Leo Foster of Ventura. as Meiners Oxnard of Th e workmen said Bess' plane and another were flying over the river bed for about 15 minutes minutes before the crash. " Plane flew by several times hprities in Berlin Army Pvt. William, A. Verdine, 28, of tarks, La., who is believed to been held by the Russians six years. The date for transfer was not fixed but said in a note that it advise the American em- in Berlin when to expect erdine.' Listed as AWOL had been listed by the as AWOL in Europe since area, while Sespe station represents represents ranches in tributaries off the main valley. Rogers said that he thought the Somis and Saticoy areas were not covered too well and growers there had to take a mean between forcasts for Santa Santa Paula, Ventura and Oxnard. Rogers explained that there were three basic steps to forecasting forecasting weather: 1. Find where areas of cold air and warm air and storms are. 2. Find where areas are moving. 3. Determine what weather will be produced. Rogers said that these steps riave become more and more complex as forecasting has pro- bed at about 10 ° feet the pilot waved at us," they ss id. Hits Wire "Bess had made one pass over over and circled around for another another pass," Stalling said. "This time h e was buzzing south over over us at about 45 or 50 feet. plane hit the high power and nosed over wire it caught fire crashed jressed. He said that forecasts' now v , Said the wire Cap- itself around the wine after after apparently being caught by - The plane u t , f r t upside down. of the along with its engine arc 85 to 90 percent accurate. Oxnard Expansion Continues South; Annexation Asked and the wing an d fuselage were a twisted wreckage. -The acS! dent occurred one mile northwest northwest , of the 'Henderson Field where Bess kept his plane. to^fe r° dy u ha ^ been woovcd to the Joseph Reardon Funeral Home where funeral arranire- racn ? are pending. He is vived by his wife and

Clipped from Press-Courier12 Jan 1955, WedPage 1

Press-Courier (Oxnard, California)12 Jan 1955, WedPage 1
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