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Terrible Tuesday – April 10, 1979

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By Judy Wade

Tuesday, April 10, 1979, began like any typical spring day in North Texas and Southern Oklahoma, but by nightfall disaster befell, affecting the lives of thousands forever.

It came to be known as “Terrible Tuesday.” Some of you readers are too young to remember, but some of us will never forget.

Three supercells formed to the southwest of Wichita Falls in mid-afternoon and moved northeastward. The first tornado formed south of Crowell,Texas, and moved into Vernon, killing 11. It continued to spawn tornados and moved on to Lawton, Oklahoma, causing three more fatalities. Damage in both places was horrendous.

The middle supercell produced the longest tracking tornado—a 64 mile path—but fortunately spent most of its fury over rural areas between Harrold, Texas, and Grandfield, Oklahoma.

The southernmost supercell produced its first tornado near Seymour about 4:50 p.m. A second tornado formed in Archer County heading northeast, straight for Wichita Falls. By 6 p.m. it was a full-blown EF-4, meaning it was capable of producing winds from 166-200 mph and causing extensive damage. This wall cloud was estimated to be a mile wide. It did not look like the typical funnel-shaped tornado. To read more pick up the April 2016 issue of NTFR.

Entire city blocks were leveled by the April 10, 1979, tornado in Wichita Falls. (Courtesy photo)

Entire city blocks were leveled by the April 10, 1979, tornado in Wichita Falls. (Courtesy photo)

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When a City Girl Goes Country

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By Annette Bridges

It was one of those necessary, yet very sad days in the life of a cattle rancher. We had to say goodbye to our bull, Frankie. We returned from the agonizing drive, and I felt compelled to sit down and ponder how to write an ode to a very good bull.

I have read all the rationale on when it is time to retire a bull. The average age for many ranchers is around eight years. Our Frankie was beyond his prime. We probably knew last year it was about time for him to retire. His lack of enthusiasm when he returned to the herd after his spring hiatus was a clue.

The very slow start to our spring calving this year, and cows that never conceived confirmed what we did not want to admit last year. It was time. Frankie was a handsome and gentle giant. A Charolais mix, but he could be fierce if he felt threatened.

To read more, pick up a copy of the May issue of NTFR. To subscribe by mail, call 940-872-5922.

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Lacey’s Pantry

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Lacey Vilhauer

Ingredients:
1 lb. ground beef
1 package of taco seasoning or 2-3 Tbsp
homemade taco seasoning
2/3 cup water
16 oz. Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
8 oz. sharp cheddar, shredded
4 oz. can diced green chilies, undrained
4 large eggs, separated
2/3 cup heavy cream or evaporated milk
1 Tbsp flour
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp cayenne pepper
1 Roma tomato, sliced thinly

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and lightly coat a 9×13 baking dish with cooking spray. Set aside.
Heat a heavy-bottomed skillet over medium heat, then brown the ground beef. Drain.
Add the taco seasoning to the ground beef and 2/3 cup water. Stir well and let sauce thicken.
Transfer the ground beef to the prepared baking dish, spreading it into an even layer. Sprinkle the diced green chilies over the ground beef layer. Combine the shredded cheeses and sprinkle them over the ground beef and chilies. Set aside.
Separate the egg whites from the yolks, placing the egg whites in a medium-sized bowl, and the yolks into a separate medium-sized bowl. Add the heavy cream, flour, salt and cayenne pepper to the yolks. Whisk to combine.

To read more, pick up the June issue of NTFR magazine. To subscribe by mail, call 940-872-5922.

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Jesses Jewelz

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By Jesse Kader

This month western meets safari with this fun army green jumpsuit. I love a good jumpsuit that is simple but stylish and can be accessorized in so many ways. This one especially caught my eye because of the western yoke detail. See this and more at www.jessesjewelz.com

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