It Was 30 Years Ago Today.

...that President Reagan was nearly killed when a downburst with 150 mph winds struck Andrews Air Force Base moments after Air Force One landed.
In 1983, the consensus in both aviation and meteorology was that Dr. Ted Fujita's theory that microbursts existed and were a mortal hazard to aircraft was wrong. It would be another two years and one day, August 2, 1985, when Delta 191 crashed in Dallas before Dr. Fujita's theory would be accepted.

I tell the entire story in Warnings: The True Story of How Science Tamed the Weather

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