Geosciences Technician Dave Tewksbury was quoted in an Oct. 30 article in The Guardian titled “How Japan’s secret weapon brought second world war to rural Oregon.” Tewksbury had presented a poster on fugos, the Japanese balloon bombs described in the Guardian article in a 2008 session at the annual Geological Society of America meeting.
“They were very cleverly designed. They would expand and rise during the day and cool and descend at night, with a barometer to keep the right range,” said Tewksbury. He used mapping software to track them for his project. “This was a continuous cycle of rise and sink associated with day and night as they crossed the Pacific.” His research had been featured earlier by the National Geographic.