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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 29, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas Tuesday March 3 Tornadoes easier to track thanks to Doppler systems ByJEANPAQEL Associated Press Writer LUBBOCK Texas AP Meteo rologists on the South Plains armed themselves with new technology just in time for the springtime storms that can brew into black masses of fury The sophisticated radar package WSR88D serves as an eye in the sky to watch rotating winds that might form tornados The Doppler system as it is called is also being installed at the National Weather Service station in New Braun fels At the National Weather Service in Lubbock where the million radar was installed in March forecasters say theyve gained an edge tracking when and where tornados touch down in a 150mile radius We have tornados every year but its just a matter of bad luck if they hit said Andy Anderson NWS meteorologist in charge Weve seen time after time where if people have just a few minutes of warning it saves Each year in Texas most often from April to June thunderstorms spawn about 120 tornados that on aver age kill 15 people and hint 200 others The NWS in Amarillp received the states first WSR88D last spring oth ers operate in Houston and the Dallas area Amarillo weather watchers credit the new technology with helping detect 17 of the Texas Panhandles 20 tor nados last year The three that slipped by the radar were weak said meteo rologist Douglas Crowley Its been a tremendous help to Crowley said The Doppler works like this Scan ning radar beams bounce off atmos pheric conditions like hail or raindrops The Dopplers screens reflect a rain bow color scheme from powder Tips for surviving tornado strikes shelter in a basenteftt closet or room protected by as many interi or walls as possible waste time opening windows to counteract pressure differentials Buildings wont explode if windows ate closed Move from a large open building such as a gym or auditorium into a hallway or small room out of your vehicle or mobile home flood If youre outdoors get in a culvert Avoid drainage ditches that might blue to dark purple and reds mea suring the energy intensity in a thun derstorm Meteorologists can watch the speed and direction of a rotating air column by monitoring the colors on their computer screen Crowley said the radar allowed the Amarillo NWS to issue warnings four to 25 minutes before the tornados touched down No one was hurt or killed in Panhandle tornados last year he said Its finally knowing that youre moving into modem science and tech nology giving you information to make proper decisions to protect the public he said Anderson called West Texas a tor nado breeding ground whete upper atmosphere systems tap into warm moisture from the Gulf of Mexico Less than 2 percent of the tornados in Texas are classified as violent These 200mph monsters can grow more than one mile wide and stay on the ground for more than one hour Such violent tornados hit Waco on May killing 114 people Wichita Falls on April killing 45 people and Saragosa on May 23 1987 killing 30 people We just frankly dont know enough about Anderson said What initiates that rotation What gets them started At NWS stations around the country Doppler technology is gradually replac ing World War IIera radar that cant trace moving air currents I dont want to give the impression that were going to find every tornado and give adequate warning because thats not the Anderson said As good as that new radar is theres just no substitute to having a trained spotter in the right Tornado studies of another sort how to protect life and property have been under way at Texas Tech University since a Lubbock tornado killed 26 people and caused mil lion in damage on May Kishor Mehta said the Wind Engi neering Research Center is finding ways to make schools and homes more tornadoresistant Mehta director of the Texas Tech center said research there helped dis prove the myth that closed windows make houses explode during tornados His best advice for staying safe in a tornado is relatively lowtech and old fashioned As long as the bathroom is in the middle of the get in the tub with a Major Texas Tornadoes Through History May Dallas and Collin Counties one dead more than 60 hurt property damage estimated at mil lion as twister skipped from Sachse to Wylie June Pecos and Upton Counties two dead 19 hurt wide spread property damage as tornado swept 20 miles crossing FM 305 May Williamson County one dead 30 injured extensive damage as twister struck about staying on the ground for seven miles Nov 1516 1987 Palestine Anderson County Jacksonville Chero kee County as more than a dozen twisters hit East Texas 10 dead about 160 hurt Storms also hit Beeville Cald well Giddings Bay City Port Arthur Smith County Madison County million damage May Reeves County 30 dead 162 hurt town destroyed million damage April Nolan County one dead 100 hurt million damage May 13 1985 DeSoto Dallas County 16 hurt million damage Dec 13 1984 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