Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS Wichita, KS

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WICHITA KS
600 AM CST SAT DEC 20 2014

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

IN 1989...A DANGEROUS ARCTIC AIRMASS INVADED THE NORTHERN
PLAINS.  IN MINNESOTA...WARROAD AND INTERNATIONAL FALLS
PLUNGED TO 34 DEGREES BELOW ZERO WHILE MINOT...ND
REPORTED A WIND CHILL OF 81 BELOW! SQUALLS PUMMELED THE
GREAT LAKES WITH HEAVY SNOW.  ERIE PENNSYLVANIA RECEIVED
21 INCHES...OF WHICH 4 INCHES ACCUMULATED IN 1 HOUR.
THIS BROUGHT THEIR SNOW DEPTH TO 39 INCHES...WHICH SET AN
ALL-TIME RECORD FOR THE CITY.

&&

IN 1836...AN ARCTIC FRONT OF EPIC PROPORTIONS SURGED
ACROSS CENTRAL ILLINOIS AROUND NOON.  NORTH WINDS AROUND
70 MPH...CAUSED TEMPERATURES TO FREE FALL FROM AROUND 40
DEGREES TO ZERO WITHIN 8 HOURS.  MANY SETTLERS FROZE TO
DEATH AND ICE IN STREAMS FROZE TO 6 INCHES THICK IN A FEW
HOURS.FOLKLORE TOLD OF CHICKENS FROZEN IN THEIR TRACKS
AND MEN FROZEN TO SADDLES.  IN THE LATTER CASE...THE
MORAL OF THE STORY IS OBVIOUS.DON`T `HORSE AROUND` WITH
ARCTIC FRONTS!

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