Volume 33, Number 5 -- May 1998
In this issue
Just One Look
This Photoshop montage of the Mesa Lab with the twister that struck near Stapleton Airport on 15 June 1988 was created by Carlye Calvin.
What would you do if this happened? If you answered "run to the window," you're only human. The rare Boulder twister of 6 June last year was a wake-up call for Steve Sadler (Health, Environment, and Safety Services director). Though he didn't see the tornado, Steve was alarmed by how many staff threw safety rules to the winds for a better view of the funnel. Fortunately, the twister was several miles from major NCAR sites, but Steve reminds us that the next one could be closer, and Front Range tornadoes have been known to cause serious damage and injury.
It's unlikely that a warning could be sent through phone mail or e-mail in time to make a difference, so it's up to you to sense when you're at risk. Should a tornado be on the ground within striking distance, Steve urges you to keep the basics in mind:
In case you missed the excitement last June, a full report (including a list of "anti-safety" rules) can be found in the
issue of Staff Notes Montly.
- avoid windows
- head for an interior room in the lowest level of your building
- if you're in a car with no time to drive away at a right angle to the tornado's path, find a sturdy shelter or get in a low-lying area and cover your head.
About this publication
Design: Michael Shibao
Printing: Speedy Bee
Photography: Carlye Calvin, Liesel Brunson
Unless otherwise noted all images are copyrighted by the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research / National Center for Atmospheric Research / National Science Foundation.
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