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April 23, 1989 | From Associate Press
Gusty winds forced officials to postpone the start of the Gordon Bennett distance balloon race Saturday night. The 9 p.m. decision by race director Tom Heinsheimer disappointed participants, who were told earlier to expect some of the best flying weather in years. Four teams had been scheduled to lift off in multicolored helium balloons under moonlit skies between 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday. When the gusts increased to 25 m.p.h., Heinsheimer set the new launch time between 7 a.m. and 10 a.m. this morning.
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December 7, 1998 | From From staff and wire reports
A fast, violent storm passed through Southern California early Sunday, bringing high winds that uprooted trees, tore up roofs and snapped power lines, authorities said. Some of the heaviest damage was reported in northwest Long Beach, where heavy winds ripped chunks of roof from at least seven homes. Two cars were hit by falling trees. Power lines also fell, causing temporary outages to as many as 40,000 customers and starting several small fires.
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February 10, 1990 | MAURA DOLAN and MARIA NEWMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Wildlife officials conceded Friday that even their best preparations to protect Orange County's richest marshlands will not be enough to divert "disaster" if a shift in winds pushes oil from Wednesday's tanker spill their way. Even with protective oil containment booms outside the marshes, officials said, strong tides will push the oil under them if the slick comes closer to shore.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 21, 1992 | From Wire Reports
Blustery winds that have swept the Southland, downing power lines, toppling a loaded 18-wheel truck and causing headaches for firefighters, were expected to diminish today, forecasters said. Gusts ranged up to 40 m.p.h. in mountain passes and canyons Friday making it a dangerous day for motorists. Drivers in the Cajon Pass in San Bernardino County crept through clouds of blowing dust. Winds also blew over a big-rig carrying steel on the Golden State Freeway near Castaic.
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April 7, 1988 | United Press International
Thunderstorms rumbled across the Midwest on Wednesday, hurling ferocious winds that smashed scores of windows in Chicago's Sears Tower and knocked out power to thousands of customers in Illinois, Indiana and Michigan. The storms, which developed along a cold front reaching from the Great Lakes to Texas, also dropped temperatures after record highs were reached a day earlier in more than 40 cities in the South and Midwest.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 29, 2009 | By Susan Salter Reynolds
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer William Morrow: 348 pp., $25.99 William Kamkwamba grew up in Malawi, the son of a maize and tobacco farmer. Their house had no electricity or plumbing. In William's village, high costs and frequent power outages made electricity hardly worth the effort. In 2002, flooding, famine and the high costs of fertilizer forced William's family to take him out of school -- they could no longer afford the annual tuition of $80. William discovered the local library.
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June 3, 2008 | From the Associated Press
"Gone With the Wind" will soon be gone with the wind -- at least in London, where a musical version of Margaret Mitchell's famous novel failed to draw large crowds. Producers say the musical will close June 14 -- three months ahead of schedule -- because of poor ticket sales. London's critics savaged the stage version when it opened in April. The book, lyrics and music were written by Margaret Martin, a Los Angeles writer making her first venture into musical theater.
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June 24, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The world's largest wind tunnel recently began its first tests of a full-scale aircraft at NASA's Ames Research Center in Mountain View, Calif. The huge wind tunnel, measuring 80 by 120 feet, uses 135,000-horsepower motors to turn six fans to create winds powerful enough to reveal how an aircraft will perform in flight. An F/A-18 fighter aircraft is being used in the first tests, which engineers hope will lead to a better understanding of how the plane performs at high angles of attack.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 6, 2006 | From a Times Staff Writer
A red-flag fire hazard warning is in effect through Wednesday in the mountains of Southern California as the relative humidity hovered at dangerously low levels, meteorologists with the National Weather Service said Sunday. Wind gusts of up to 50 mph were expected through this morning in the mountains and valleys of Los Angeles and Ventura counties.
NEWS
December 10, 2001
A mile-wide crater in Nebraska thought to have been formed by a meteorite actually was produced by wind, researchers from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln said. The Bartak Depression, named for the family on whose land it is located, was identified in 1992. Kansas researchers said it was made by a meteorite, probably about 1,000 years ago--a conclusion that received much attention in the media because it would represent the most recent major meteor impact.
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