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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WICHITA KS
600 AM CST SUN FEB 1 2015

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

IN 2011...A WILD WINTER BECAME EVEN MORE SO...WHEN A
MONSTROUS WINTER STORM OF "MEGA DISASTERS" MATERIAL WENT
ON A 5 DAY RAMPAGE FROM NEW MEXICO AND NORTH TEXAS...TO
NEW ENGLAND AND NOVA SCOTIA.  THE COLOSSAL CYCLONE
PRODUCED NEARLY EVERY TYPE OF SEVERE WEATHER...FROM
BLIZZARDS AND ICE STORMS...TO SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS AND
TORNADOES.  MOST OF THESE AREAS RECEIVED 1 TO 2 FEET OF
SNOW.  30 TO 40 MPH WINDS...THAT OCCASIONALLY GUSTED TO
AROUND 60 MPH...PRODUCED A BLIZZARD FROM OKLAHOMA AND
SOUTHEAST KANSAS...ACROSS THE MID-MISSISSIPPI VALLEY...TO
NEW YORK AND MASSACHUSETTS.  GREATLY AMPLIFYING THE
SITUATION WAS THAT...PRIOR TO THE CYCLONE`S
ARRIVAL...MANY AREAS WERE RAVAGED BY AN ICE STORM THAT
PRODUCED AROUND 1 INCH OF GLAZE FROM THE MIDWEST TO NEW
ENGLAND.  THE WINTER WEATHER WAS SO VIOLENT...THAT
THUNDERSTORMS PRODUCED HEAVY SNOW OVER SEVERAL
AREAS...INCLUDING DALLAS AND CHICAGO.  IN ALL...24 PEOPLE
WERE KILLED...AND DAMAGE WAS EXPECTED TO REACH $3.9
BILLION.  SOME OF THE DAMAGE RESULTED FROM ROOFS THAT
COLLAPSED FROM THE HEAVY ICE AND SNOW.IN 1951...THE
WORST ICE STORM IN UNITED STATES HISTORY WREAKED HAVOC
FROM TEXAS TO PENNSYLVANIA.  THE GLAZE WAS A PHENOMENAL 4
INCHES THICK.  THE STORM CAUSED 25 DEATHS...500 SERIOUS
INJURIES...AND $100 MILLION DAMAGE.

&&

IN 1977...THE GREAT BUFFALO BLIZZARD OF 1977 FINALLY
ABATED.  LASTING OVER A 5 DAY PERIOD FROM JANUARY 28TH TO
FEBRUARY 1ST...THE COLOSSAL EVENT WHIPPED SNOW INTO A
FRENZY WITH 45 TO 70 MPH GUSTS THAT TORE THROUGH THE AREA
EACH DAY.  FROM JANUARY 1ST TO THE 27TH...BUFFALO HAD
MEASURED 59 INCHES OF SNOW...WHICH HAD BROUGHT THE 3
MONTH TOTAL FROM NOVEMBER 1ST TO JANUARY 27TH TO A
PHENOMENAL 151 INCHES! ON THE MORNING OF THE 27TH...THE
SNOW DEPTH AT BUFFALO AIRPORT WAS 33 INCHES.  THEN THE
BLIZZARD HIT.  THE STORM PRODUCED AROUND 1 FOOT OF
SNOW...BUT THE INCREDIBLY HIGH WINDS PRODUCED DRIFTS
AROUND 30 FEET AND PRODUCED A WHITEOUT LASTING AROUND 25
HOURS! SOME HOMES IN EAST BUFFALO WERE COMPLETELY BURIED.
IN ALL...29 PEOPLE DIED AND DAMAGE IN BUFFALO TOTALED
NEARLY $222 MILLION.  AFTER THE "MEGA DISASTERS" EVENT
ENDED...THE ULTIMATE IN SNOW REMOVAL COMMENCED WHEN THE
SNOW WAS LOADED INTO HUNDREDS OF RAILROAD HOPPER CARS AND
THEN TRANSPORTED TO DISTANT DUMP AREAS.  IN ALL...THE
BLIZZARD CAUSED AN ESTIMATED $300 MILLION DAMAGE.

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