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   Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - April 26, 1970, Abilene, Texas                               gtttfene "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT I I 89TH YEAR, NO. 311 PHONE 673-4271 ABILENE, TEXAS, 79604, SUNDAY MORNING, APRIL 26, 1970-EIGHTY.FOUR PAGES IN SEVEN SECTIONS lOc DAILY-20c SUNDAY (ff) Red China Orbits Singing Satellite World Con Hear Tribute to Mao Lest we David Barker, 10, of Roy, Utah, serves as a reminder to turn clocks ahead one hour today for Daylight Savings Time. Maybe the rule doesn't apply to sundials. (AP Wirephoto) Tornadoes, Wind, Hail Crash Over North Central Texas By THE ASSOCIATED TRESS Heavy thunderstorms, spew- ing tornadoes that did little dam- age and some high winds and light hail, crashed over North Central Texas and sections of the state's northeastern area Saturday. Awesome dark clouds, terrify- ing in appearance but for (he most part harmless, kept a tai'ge section of the state jittery until just before dusk when the heaviest weather seemed to be dissipating. Tornado watches, tornado warnings and cautions on se- vere thunderstorms stumbled Rain Scattered, Heavy "There are holes in the sky, "Where The rain comes in, "But the.holes are small, "That's why it rains Oita." Except that Is en the I. T. McArthur ranch 10 miles west of Rotan in Fisher County, where 4 inches thudded down around 3 a.m. Saturday. But liotan itself recorded only a relatively meager .50 inches. What happened across the Big Country Saturday, according to the Abilene weatherman James Doty was this: "We had two lines of thunderstorms, running north to south, both heading east." With the thunderstorms came a tornado watch from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. which included Shackelford, Comanche, Erath, Callahan, Brown and Coleman Counties, but the only thing that occurred was one 1 o n e thunderstorm which started just south of Baird, then headed ABILENE ................Sat. Municipal Airport .......83 Total for Year 5.35 Norman for Year 4.71 ALBANY 1.12 ANSON 1.35 BRECKENRIDGE.........80 CLYDE ...................80 COLORADO CITY ........84 DE LEON ................49 DUBLIN GOREB ...................40 HAMLIN ..................66 HASKELL HAWLEY .................70 KNOX CITY Tr. MORAN 1.80 MUNDAY .................12 NOODLE 1.10 OLDGLOBK 1.30 PUTNAM ................70 RQBY ...................50 ROTAN ..............50 RULE 1.00 SEYMOUR 1.45 SNYDER STAMFORD 1.54 STEPHENVTLLE .......1.68 SWEETWATER ..........60 SYLVESTER 1.15 TUSCOLA ...............20 WEDJERT ...............50 WESTBROOK IT, southeast and ended up around Hamilton. Stamford, though, reported a house fire at ils E. Campbell, which firemen said was started possibly by lightning. The house, owned by G. C. Carothers, was lighlly damaged because the fire was spotted immediately. It was unoccupied at the time. Abilenc's experience was Turn to WEATHER, Pg. 6-A WEATHER U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE ESSA WEATHER BUREAU (Weattier Map 6-A) ABILENE AND VICINITY 140-mfIfr radius) Clear lo partly cloudy and warm Sunday and Monday. Hfgh both days, 85 to 90, raw Sunday night near 65, Soulherly winds 5 mph to mph. TEMPERATURES Sal. a.m.........................Sal. p.m. 69............. 69 6S 77 M 97 86 U 70 70 69 OB 73 High arxi low for 24 hours ending 10 p.m.: 73 and 61. High and low same dale last and 59. Sunset last p.m.; sunrise loday: a.m., sunset tonFqht; p.m. Barometer reading at 10 P.m.: 27.94, Humidily at 10 p.m.: 79 per wn1. 60 59 61 62 65 65 over one another, but the wild weather produced ils worst blows at Paris, on the Red Riv- er in Northeast Texas. There, a tornado's outer perimeter dam- aged the Pleasant Grove Nurs- ing Home, but caused only one injury, an employe cut by fly- ing glass. A heavy storm flooded Dal- las International Motor Speed- way to cancel qualifying for Sunday's Trans-American sedan race. The same storm dumped light hail and torrents of rain on the Dallas-Fort Worth area, flood- ing some underpasses, blowing in plate-glass windows and caus- ing at least one downtown busi- ness in Dallas to close because of windblown water damage. Just before dark, employes tried to remove windblown rain from a number of downtown businesses and show windows. Hours after the twister struck ils glancing blow at Paris, hea- vy thunderslorins raked the area from 25 miles east of the cily to 30 miles west of Waco. At the same time, skies be- came only partly cloudy for awhile in the Dallas-Fort Worth region. Another section of storms raked the Texas-Oklaho- ma section from near McAlesler to west of Texarkana. Thunderstorms formed in the Slamford-Baird section east of Abilene but weakened and then broke up to move near Coman- che with little punch. One of the North Central Tex- as tornadoes touched down near Walauga In the norlheaslern section of Tarrant County at midafternoon. It remained aloft another 15 or 20 minutes and disappeared after blowing over a windmill and damaging a barn. TOKYO (AP) Communist China announced il had put into orbit its first a 381- pound package that plays a song honoring Mao Tse-tung. The announcement did not say what else the satellite might be doing or what sort of rocket car- ried it into a high, looping orbit in space Friday. The success made Communist China the fifth nation to put its own satellite into orbit. The So- viet Union was first in 1957, fol- lowed by the United -States in 1958, France in 1965 and Japan, which put a 24-pound payload into orbit Feb. 11. Although Ihe Chinese made no Immediate reference to the sal- Pentagon Says Package May Watch Russians WASHINGTON (AP) Top Pentagon scientists said Satur- day Red China's first space launch could be a step toward developing reconnaissance sa- tellites to guard against possible Russian surprise attack. "I don't think it adds to the worries we one scientist said. He told a newsman the launch of the 381-pound salellile Into earth orbit does not by itself in- dicate that the Chinese have achieved a capability to fire in- tercontinental ballistic missiles at the United States. There was a marked lack ctf surprise among defense and Air Force scientists at the Commu- nist Chinese achievement in joining the small band of na- tions which have entered space. This same feeling was reflect- ed in a formal Defense Depart- ment statement which recalled that Secretary of Defense Mel- vin R. Laird told Congress two months ago he believed the Chinese Communists would at- tempt to test launch their first ICBM or space booster in the near future. ellite's military significance, surprised Japanese officials and scientists quickly noted that a nuclear nation had the ingre- dients now for an interconti- nental ballistic missile. In Washington, however, the U.S. Defense Department said the launching came as no sur- prise. It said the achievement "obviously reflects the signifi- cant progress" in China. The U.S. North American Air Defense Command headquar- ters in Colorado Springs, Colo., confirmed Peking's announce- ment that the satellite was circl- ing the globe every 114 minutes at a distance from the earth ranging from 273 miles to miles. NORAD said the satellite will pass over several U.S. cit- ies, including New York, Hono- lulu and San Francisco, but will probably not be visible to the naked eye. Peking radio and the New agency broadcast a timetable for the satellite's passage over various cities, including Moscow, Sai- gon, London, Washington, Tokyo a section for "cities of the and Hong Kong. Taipei is Ihe capital of.Uw riva] Nationalist Chinese government. Sign of patience Pop singer B. J. Thomas of Houston, In Ab'Uene for a concert Saturday, signs his autograph for Kryss White, 17, a Cooper High SchooLjunior. Kryss was one of about 20 of his fans who waited aljqqpt two hours his overdue flight to arrive at AffmfefpaJ Airport. (Staff Photo by Jim Coriley) One Tatigued' B. J. Thomas Leaves Stage NEWS INDEX 4-B 13-1S-C 
                            

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