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April 1999: A stormy Easter

April 4 (Easter Sunday), 1999

The weather is fine for Easter egg hunting today, but at nightfall, a blizzard suddenly kicks up.

The wind blows so hard at KNOM’s transmitter site that it holds the shutters for the exhaust fan closed.

By the time Les Brown and volunteer Michael Warren make it to the building in the maelstrom, waste heat has driven its temperature to ninety-eight degrees. Les jams the louvers open, and the site cools down with no ill effects.

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