On this date in 1940, 35 m.p.h. winds caused a bridge collapse. The city was Tacoma, WA and the structure spanned the Narrows River. Following the official opening, excessive vibration put the bridge into the water. It was thereafter called “Galloping Gertie,” and due to its design and lack of environmental consideration, it was permanently placed into the Engineering Hall of Shame. This example launched the start of the meteorological study of wind engineering. Currently, meteorologists, specializing in atmospheric winds, collaborate with structural and civil engineers in the construction of high-rise buildings, stadiums, bridges and other large structures. “Wind-Proofing” of coastal residences saves billions of dollars when storms strike.