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September 4, 1972

Tornado Watch

JAMA. 1972;221(10):1161. doi:10.1001/jama.1972.03200230047013
Abstract

During a thunder storm, it is a good idea to be in the clubhouse, not on the golf course, and the best place to be when there's a tornado is out of its path. The next best place is in the North, not the South, or so say Sims and Baumann,1 who sought an explanation for the fact.

In the 1971 edition of Accident Facts published by the National Safety Council (NSC), accidental deaths are classified according to causes. In the list is a category for "natural and environmental factors;" it includes excessive heat or cold; hunger, thirst, exposure; bites and stings; other accidents caused by animals; lightning; and cataclysm. Although Webster's "Third" doesn't honor the idea, one must suppose that the NSC intends cataclysm to include tornadoes because elsewhere in Accident Facts, among "major disasters in previous years," four tornado incidents are listed, the worst of which took

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