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Multimedia Presentations for the
Red River Valley Tornado Outbreak
of April 10, 1979

Video Presentation - "Terrible Tuesday"

Following the deadly Red River Valley tornado outbreak, the National Weather Service, in partnership with FEMA and the American Red Cross, produced a documentary called "Terrible Tuesday" that chronicled the events in Wichita Falls on April 10, 1979. The video includes survivor accounts and safety information. It was produced in 1984 and has a run time of 19 minutes, 30 seconds.

The Terrible Tuesday video can be viewed via the NWS Norman YouTube Channel or below.

Audio Presentation - Wichita County, Texas SKYWARN Storm Spotters Recording for April 10, 1979

On Tuesday, April 10, 1979, the city of Wichita Falls, Texas was struck by a large tornado. The members of the Wichita County Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES), operating as SKYWARN Storm Spotters, made the first report of the storm to the National Weather Service, and are credited with saving many lives in the city.

During the afternoon of April 10, Danny Roberts, WB5ORE, from Nocona, Texas, happened to be listening to the Wichita County ARES repeater and, as the storms began to develop southwest of Wichita Falls, he began to record the net on his small cassette recorder simply by laying the mike next to his radio speaker. His recording, just over 74 minutes in length, continued throughout the net until all of the power went off in Wichita Falls.

The recording can be accessed via a Windows Media audio file (.wma).

The individuals heard on the SKYWARN radio net recording are:

WB5BIV Vic DiFilippo(SK) W5GPO Charlie Byars WD5DRW H. L. Gilley (SK)
WA5BXH Leroy Roever (SK) W5VJW David Coombs (SK) WD5EQO Fritz Witherspoon (SK)
WA5UTA Ben Whitaker (SK) W5AAX Joe Ward W5JOG Ray Carlisle (SK)
WA5BMS Chester Todd (SK) WB5BHO Rich Runyon WB5SXX Mickey Witherspoon
K5ABG Floyd Naylor (SK) WB5PHM Herb Sleeper WB5SXX Glen Whatley (SK)
K5REL Joe Alcorn W5QJY Clarence Powell (SK) WB5NMH George Manning (SK)
WB5VNJ George Witherspoon WB5LCN Steve Guerra (SK) WB5WPN Jack Scott
WB5OKR Rick Warneke (SK) K5ILX Floss Armstrong W5DGG George B. Lambert (SK)
WB5WJX Dale Cheek WD5FEX Bob Haley (SK)    

The symbol (SK) by the individual's name indicates the person is a Silent Key. is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.