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Issued by NWS Wichita, KS

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WICHITA KS
600 AM CST FRI FEB 5 2016

...ON THIS DATE IN WEATHER HISTORY...

IN 2008...WHAT WAS...AT THE TIME...THE SECOND WORST
TORNADO OUTBREAK ON RECORD...WREAKED HAVOC OVER A 9 STATE
AREA FROM THE SOUTHEAST UNITED STATES TO THE OHIO VALLEY.
COMPRISED OF 87 TORNADOES...OF WHICH 5 WERE VIOLENT
EF4S...THE OUTBREAK KILLED 57.THAT MADE IT THE
DEADLIEST OUTBREAK SINCE THE MAY 31...1985 OUTBREAK THAT
RAVAGED THE NORTHEAST UNITED STATES AND SOUTHERN ONTARIO.
THERE WERE THREE ESPECIALLY NOTEWORTHY TORNADOES IN THE
OUTBREAK.  ONE OCCURRED IN NORTH CENTRAL ARKANSAS...WHERE
13 WERE KILLED BY AN EF4.  THE TORNADO RACED A 122 MILE
MARATHON ACROSS 7 COUNTIES AND LASTED 2 HOURS.THE
SECOND ONE HIT MEMPHIS...INCLUDING PART OF THE
INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT WHERE FEDERAL EXPRESS SERVICE WAS
DISRUPTED.  THIS TORNADO KILLED 4 AND INJURED 36.  THE
THIRD WAS A VIOLENT EF4 TORNADO THAT STRUCK JACKSON
TENNESSEE.  SIXTY WERE INJURED AND UNION UNIVERSITY WAS
DEVASTATED.

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IN 1988...ROSWELL NEW MEXICO WAS OVERWHELMED WITH AN ALL
TIME RECORD SETTING 16.5 INCHES OF SNOW IN 24 HOURS.
STRONG WINDS AND TEMPERATURES OF 10 TO 20 BELOW ZERO PUT
A VICIOUS BITE INTO THE NORTHERN PLAINS...WHERE WIND
CHILLS TUMBLED TO 70 TO 80 DEGREES BELOW ZERO.

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