Storage of computer and parts in the residential area

From: Jeffrey S. Sharp <>
Date: Fri Jun 8 17:11:14 2001

Quoting Russ Blakeman <>:
> All states have had tornados, some just more than others.

:-) Some have a LOT more. Oklahoma, for instance, where I live.
We've had bunch of little ones this tornado season.

I actually live about a mile south of the National Severe Storms
Laboratory (NSSL) and their field of radar towers. I took a tour
there waaay back in junior high school. The computer equipment was
amazing; I also saw Unix for the first time there. Unfortunately,
they are decidedly *not* a good source of classic computers, as
theirs must be taken to be scrapped according to some law.

> semi trucks are constantly blown off the highway and tipped by
> invisible "dust devils"

Those aren't tornados.

> Every place has their sucky weather or conditions. At least with a
> tornado they can see it coming at you with radar, a little hard to
> do with earthquakes until it actually hits

While I admit that certain warning signs precede the possibility of
tornadoes, they are not *that* easy to track. Radar is not that
good. With radar we can see where the rotation spots are in the
storm, but the actual spotting and precise tracking has to be done
visually by stormchasers. Problems often arise, for instance when
the tornado is rain-wrapped or if it's dark. Some tornadoes come
without any warning at all.

Another problem is that our warning system (the local media) is
metro-centric. If you live in the OKC metro area (like me), that is
not a problem; the local media stays on TV nonstop to keep you
advised. If you live 50 miles or more away and are threatened by
a tornado, you don't even get close to the the same quality of
notification; the media is more concerned with getting back to
regular programming.

Jeffrey S. Sharp
Received on Fri Jun 08 2001 - 17:11:14 BST

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