OBSERVATORY MEMBER THINKING OF VICTIMS

by Christian Mower on May 22, 2013

A STAFF MEMBER AT NORTH CONWAY’S MOUNT WASHINGTON OBSERVATORY HAS A PERSONAL CONNECTION TO THE RESIDENTS AND VICTIMS OF MONDAY’S HORRIFIC TORNADO IN MOORE, OKLAHOMA.

METEOROLOGIST CYRENA BRIEDE STUDIED AT THE UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA IN NEARBY NORMAN, OKLAHOMA – AND CHASED HEAVY WEATHER STORMS IN THE AREA WHERE THE LATEST TWISTER HIT – IN WHAT’S KNOWN AS “TORNADO ALLEY.”

BRIEDE IS NOW THE OBSERVATORY’S DIRECTOR OF SUMMIT OPERATIONS AND SAYS SHE’S CONTINUING HER DREAM IN MOUNT WASHINGTON VALLEY TO BE NEAR EXTREME WEATHER – AND STUDY IT – BUT RIGHT NOW HER THOUGHTS ARE WITH HER FRIENDS, COLLEAGUES AND THE VICTIMS IN OKLAHOMA.

SHE SAYS IT’S HEARTBREAKING TO SEE THE AMOUNT OF DEVASTATION.

ONE COUPLE SHE KNOWS IN OKLAHOMA FOUND THEIR HOME LEVELED MONDAY AFTER THE THIRD VERY STRONG TORNADO TO HIT MOORE IN 14 YEARS.

BRIEDE SAYS SHE HAS BEEN INSPIRED BY AN ONLINE VIDEO SHE HAS SEEN OF A VICTIM FINDING HER PET DOG ALIVE IN THE RUBBLE OF HER HOME WHILE SHE WAS BEING INTERVIEWED BY A LOCAL TV NEWS CREW.

SHE SAYS MUCH LIKE RESIDENTS OF THE VALLEY DO, THE RESIDENTS IN AND AROUND MOORE ARE LOOKING OUT FOR EACH OTHER

BRIEDE SAYS THERE ARE A NUMBER OF WAYS VALLEY RESIDENTS CAN ASSIST IN RELIEF EFFORTS IN OKLAHOMA, BY CONTRIBUTING TO THE RED CROSS AND OTHER RELIEF AGENCIES THAT CAN BE FOUND ONLINE.

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