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Wisconsin - F5

Hidden : 2/11/2002
In Wisconsin, United States
Difficulty:
2 out of 5
Terrain:
1 out of 5

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Geocache Description:


Thursday night, June 7th, 1984. All week has been hot and humid in the 80's. This night a wind has picked up, giving some relief to the heat. As midnight approaches, most have gone to bed, one more work day till the weekend...
BOOM! FLASH!


At 12:47A.M., the most intense crash of thunder and blinding lightning that most residents have ever experienced waken the town, literally shaking some out of bed...
NOAA weather gets a report a couple of hours later that a temporary morgue has been set up in Barneveld Wisconsin; nine are dead, 197 injured. It is the first NOAA knows of a tornado in the area...
170 of the town's 225 buildings are destroyed or heavily damaged, $25 million in damage...
One gentleman is relieved to find his wallet, intact with no apparent damage. Except his drivers license is missing. It is soon located; at the Outegamie Airport in Appleton, 130 miles away...
Another family discovers their 23' RV is missing. Later, the bumper with license plate is found 28 miles away, of the body or chassie, nothing was ever found...
The tornado was determined to be an F5, on a scale of F1 to F6. An F5 has winds of 261 to 318 mph, and can be 1/4 mile at the base or larger. Make note that an F6 tornado is described by meteorologists as Inconceivable, and none have ever been recorded...

As you approach the first co-ordinates (N43° 0.894 W89° 53.855) you will see the Barneveld water tower. Stand near this tower looking up into town. Now, look to your left and envision 2 football fields in distance. Now, turn to your right and do the same. You now know the width of the F5 tornado that entered town at this spot, you are standing in the middle of its path as it approached from behind you and proceeded into town. As the tornado enveloped the water tower, it leaned it forward enough that a towel partially went under the base, as the tower righted itself, the towel was trapped. Nearby is the well station for this water tower: QUESTION 1: What is this well's number?

Proceed up the street to co-ordinates N43° 0.914 W89° 53.707, following the path of the tornado. Find the memorial plaque at this location, examining the photos and text.QUESTION 2: How many photos are there in total?
Continue following the tornado's path to co-ordinates N43° 1.028 W89° 53.562. Find the plaque that memorializes those that died from this storm. Dwell for a moment on those who's lives were impacted by its devastation, lest they be forgotten. QUESTION 3: For what do they have Humble Respect?
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Last Updated: on 7/16/2014 5:19:08 PM Pacific Daylight Time (12:19 AM GMT)
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Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum