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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 29, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas ^___________ Tuesday,    March    29,1994 ■ Herald-Zeltung ■ 3Tornadoes easier to track, thanks to Doppler systemsTips for surviving tornado strikes —Seek shelter in a basement, closet or room protected by as many interior walls as possible. —Never waste time opening windows to counteract pressure differentials. Buildings won’t explode if windows are closed. —Move from a large open building, such as a gym or auditorium, into a hallway or small room. —Get out of your vehicle or mobile home. —If you’re outdoors, get in a culvert. Avoid drainage ditches that might flood. By JEAN PAGEL Associated Press Writer LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Meteorologists 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 WSR-88D 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 Braunfels. At the National Weather Service in Lubbock, where the $2.5 million radar was installed in March, forecasters say they’ve gained an edge tracking when and where tornados touch down in a 150-mile radius. “We have tornados every year, but it’s just a matter of bad luck if they hit anything,” said Andy Anderson, NWS meteorologist in charge. “We’ve seen time after time where if people have just a few minutes of warning, it saves lives.” Each year in Texas — most often from April to June — thunderstorms spawn about 120 tornados that on average kill 15 people and hurt 200 others. The NWS in Amarillo received the state’s first WSR-88D last spring; others operate in Houston and the Dallas area. Amarillo weather watchers credit the new technology with helping detect 17 of the Texas Panhandle’s 20 tornados last year. The three that slipped by the radar were weak, said meteorologist Douglas Crowley. “It’s been a tremendous help to us,” Crowley said. The Doppler works like this: Scanning radar beams bounce off atmospheric conditions like hail or raindrops. The Doppler’s screens reflect a rainbow color scheme — from powder blue to dark purple and reds — measuring the energy intensity in a thunderstorm. 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. “It’s finally knowing that you’re moving into moderr science and tech-nology, giving you information to make proper decisions to protect the public with,” he said. Anderson called West Texas a tornado breeding ground, where 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 200-mph 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 ll, 1953, killing 114 people; Wichita Falls on April IO, 1979, killing 45 people; and Saragosa on May 23, 1987, killing 30 people. “We just frankly don’t know enough about them,” Anderson said. “What initiates that rotation? What gets them started?” At NWS stations around the country, Doppler technology is gradually replacing World War II-era radar that can’t trace moving air currents. “I don’t want to give the impression that we’re going to find every tornado and give adequate warning, because that’s not the case,” Anderson said. “As good as that new radar is, there’s just no substitute to having a trained spotter in the right place.” 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 $135 million in damage on May 11,1970. Kishor Mehta said the Wind Engineering Research Center is finding ways to make schools and homes more tornado-resistant. Mehta, director of the Texas Tech center, said research there helped disprove the myth that closed windows make houses explode during tornados. His best advice for staying safe in a tornado is relatively low-tech and oldfashioned: “As long as the bathroom is in the middle of the house... get in the tub with a mattress.”Major Texas Tornadoes Through History May 9, 1993 — Dallas and Collin Counties; one dead, more than 60 hurt, property damage estimated at $18 million as twister skipped from Sachse to Wylie. June 1,1990 — Pecos and Upton Counties; two dead, 19 hurt, widespread property damage as tornado swept 20 miles, crossing FM 305. May 17,1989—Jarrell, Williamson County; one dead, 30 injured, extensive damage as twister struck about 4:05 a.m., staying on the ground for seven miles. Nov. 15-16, 1987 — Palestine, Anderson County; JacksonviHe, Cherokee County as more than a dozen twisters hit East Texas, 10 dead, about 160 hurt. Storms also hit Beeville, Caldwell, Giddings, Bay City, Port Arthur, Smith County, Madison County; $35 million damage. May 22,1987 — Saragosa, Reeves County, 30 dead, 162. hurt, town destroyed, $1.4 million damage. April 19,1986 — Sweetwater, Nolan County; one dead, 100 hurt, $20 million damage. May 13, 1985 — Desoto, Dallas County; 16 hurt, $1.5 million damage. Dec. 13, 1984 — Balch Springs, Mesquite, Garland; all Dallas County; 28 hurt, 600 homes damaged or destroyed, $20 million damage. May 20, 1983 — Harris, Montgomery, Liberty, Waller counties; 10 killed, $400 million damage. April 2,1982 — Paris, Lamar County; 11 killed, more than 200 hurt, $50 PST ■TRAVELS New Braunfels Sesquicentennial Europe Tour Book with us! Come by for a brochure. I 33 I anoa Strait (.ll I HIX >K S AV MI XKI I WALNUT 6 629-6400 111 35 and Walnut Ave, million damage. May 13,1981 — Emberson, Lamar County; 30 hurt, $2 million damage, city 90 percent destroyed. April 10, 1979 — Wichita Falls. Wichita County; also Archer, Clay, Foard and Wilbarger counties; 53 killed, 1,812 hurt, $500 million damage. May 11,1970 —- Lubbock, Lubbock County; 26 killed, 500 hurt, $135 million damage with 15 square miles of the city damaged. April 18, 1970 — near Clarendon, Donley County; 17 killed, 42 hurt, $2.1 miKibn damage. June 2,1965 — Hale Center, Hale County; four killed, 76 hurt, $8 million damage. April 3,1964 — Wichita Falls, Wichita County; seven killed, 111 hurt, $15 million damage. March 31,1959 — Hill County; six killed, 31 hurt, town of Vaughan destroyed. May 15,1957 — Silverton, Briscoe County; 21 killed, 80 hurt, $500,000 damage. April 2,1957 — Dallas, Dallas County; 10 killed, 200 hurt, $4 million damage. May 11,1953 — Waco, McLennan County; 114 killed, 597 hurt for largest casualty toll, $41.1 million damage, with 1,735 buildings damaged or destroyed. May 11,1953 — near San Angelo. Tom Green County; 11 killed, 159 hurt, $3.24 million damage. March 13,1953 — Haskell and Knox counties; 17 killed, 25 hurt, $600,000 damage. April 29,1950 — Clyde, Baird, Callahan County; 5 killed. 4 injured, thousands of dollars damage. May 15, 1949 — Amarillo; Potter and Randall Counties; 6 killed, 83 hurt, $5.3 million damage. May 3, 1948 — McKinney, Collin County; three killed, 43 hurt, $2 million damage. April 9, 1947 — Carson, Hemphill and Lipscomb counties; 68 killed, 201 hurt, $1.55 million damage with town of Glazier destroyed by one of the largest twisters on record — 1.5 miles wide that cut a 221-mile swath across portions of Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas. May 18, 1946 — Clay, Montague and Denton counties; four killed, $112,000 damage. Jan. 4,1946 — Angelina and Nacog doches counties; 13 killed, 250 hurt, $2 million damage. Jan. 4, 1946 — near Palestine, Anderson County; 15 killed, 60 hurt, $500,000 damage. May 10,1943 — Rusk and Gregg counties; four killed, 25 hurt, $1 million damage. April 28, 1943 — Crowell, Foard County; 11 killed, 25 hurt, $1.5 million damage. 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