Hurricanes are the most violent storms on Earth. People call these storms by other names, such as typhoons or cyclones, depending on where they occur. The scientific term for all these storms is tropical cyclone. Only tropical cyclones that form over the Atlantic Ocean or eastern Pacific Ocean are called "hurricanes." Whatever they are called, tropical cyclones all form the same way.
Tetsuya Theodore Fujita (1920-1998) was born in Kitakyushu, Japan. After receiving his doctorate from Tokyo University in 1950, he began a career as an associate professor at the Kyushu Institute of Technology. In 1953, he began to teach at the University of Chicago, at which he served as a professor until his death in 1998. During his career, Ted Fujita researched meteorology, focusing on severe storms such as microbursts, tornadoes, and hurricanes. He pioneered new techniques for documenting severe storms, including aerial photography and the use of satellite images and film. He also created the Fujita Scale for assessing tornado strength based on a given storm's wind speed and the amount of damage it caused. The Southwest Collection holds the manuscripts of Dr. Fujita and can be found as digitized in the digital repository for the Southwest Collection/Special Collection Library under the collection titled: Fujita, Dr. Tetsuya Theodore "Ted", Papers, 1896-2003 and undated.
Following the devastation to New Orleans from Hurricane Katrina, students and sports teams from Tulane University were accommodated by Texas Tech University for the tenure of their displacement. The Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library maintains a few oral histories from those students. Jami Montagnino, a basketball player from Tulane University, discusses her sports background. She talks about her move to Texas Tech University due to hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.
During the Fall semester of the 2005-2006 school year, Coach Stockton, her staff and players moved to Lubbock and the Texas Tech University campus where they spent the semester recovering from the devastation that Hurricane Katrina had delivered to the Tulane campus in New Orleans. This interview was conducted in the United Spirit Arena's women's basketball offices two months after the team arrived in Lubbock.