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40 years ago: Early tests positive on new tornado sensor

September 5, 2012

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Sept. 5, 1972:

  • An electronic tornado sensor being tested at Kansas University was expected to be a success. The sensor, which operated on the principle that most tornadoes are accompanied by severe electrical activity, was scheduled to be in the experimental stage for another year. The results being obtained by Joe Eagleman, KU meteorologist and associate professor of geography, and other researchers showed that recording of electrical activity by the sensor was occurring at the same time that funnels were being sighted. "Presently we have to rely on detecting a hook echo on radar or rely on storm spotters, people out on the mounds looking for funnels. And these aren't very foolproof," Eagleman said.
  • A new medical building, expected to house the practices of seven doctors, was being constructed at the southeast corner of Sixth and Maine. the $237,000 building was scheduled to be finished in mid-November.
  • The Olympic Games in Munich had been suspended after terrorists had invaded the Israeli team's headquarters, taking eleven members of the Israeli team hostage and later killing them during the standoff which followed. "The Olympic peace was broken.... The entire civilized world condemns this barbaric act with disgust," said an official announcement from the Olympic committees.

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