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At 4:00 p.m. on April 12, 1945, Miss Dorothy L. Taylor began a routine tour of duty at her station at Casper, Wyo. During the tour a heavy snowstorm isolated the station, precluding relief and resulting in a 28 hour shift for Miss Taylor. She nevertheless performed the station functions on schedule, including preparation of three consecutive 6-hourly maps, the taking and transmission of airway, 6-hourly, and pibal observations, and an unusually heavy telephone traffic. The 6-hourly observations and pibals were taken under considerable difficulty, with temperature ranging from 22° to 29° and winds from 25 to 50 miles per hour part of the time in heavy snow.

bomber flying over casper air field
Bomber flying over Casper Army Air Base during World War II.
[Chuck Morrison Collection. Casper College Library. Casper, Wyoming.
P-15:2951. ] Notice: This material may be protected by copyright law (Title 17 U.S. Code).


Miss Taylor's sustenance consisted of the contents of her lunch pail and an exemplary sense of loyalty to her job. The Central Office feels that her action deserves mention as an example of the highly commendable spirit for which Weather Bureau employees have always been noted.

Taylor was appointed April 1, 1944, and promoted to SP-5 April 1, 1945. She celebrated her 20th birthday on April 23, 1945.

[July 1945 TOPICS and PERSONNEL]


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