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NORMAN, OK-- The National Weather Service and OU Meteorologists hold town hall meetings to gain insight into local myths behind tornadoes.
"The eventual goal would be to improve the warnings," said Rick Smith, a NWS meteorologist, "and be able to communicate better."
The NWS held its first Tornado Town Hall at the Norman Public Library Thursday night.
"We know these stories are told, but we don't document them," said Kim Klockow, an OU meteorologist, "we don't know what they are, we don't know how much they're believed."
Many residents gathered to share their stories with meteorologists.
"I see people, hiding underneath the bridge from a tornado," said Paul Lopez, a Norman resident, "to me, I don't think they should do that."
Meteorologists say they have also heard stories from people about how they believe certain rivers, and how certain towns are more disaster prone than others.
"They really popped up in people's stories about how they took shelter," explained Klockow, "and what they decided to do on those big event days."
Weather experts hope learning about local folklore will lead to improvements that will keep Oklahomans safe when disaster strikes. Tornado Town Halls are also planned in Moore on September 24, and Newcastle on October 4.
Posted: Thursday, September 6 2012, 11:33 PM CDT
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Okla. court upholds life sentence in uncle's death
May 17, 2013 21:34 GMT
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- An Oklahoma appeals court has upheld the life prison sentence of a 38-year-old man who was convicted of first-degree murder for shooting his uncle to death.
The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals handed down the decision Friday in the case of Patrick Shane Yargee. A jury in Tulsa County found Yargee guilty in the 2010 shooting death of 48-year-old David Willie Harjo.
Authorities alleged that Yargee shot Harjo eight times in a residence in northern Tulsa. Reports filed in the case indicate that the two men had an argument involving a woman before the shooting.
The five-judge court unanimously rejected Yargee's claims that he was denied a fair trial.
Yargee's defense attorney, Stuart Southerland of the Tulsa County Public Defender's Office, did not immediately return a telephone call seeking comment.
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