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Issued by NWS Goodland, KS

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GOODLAND KS
600 AM MDT SAT JUN 20 2015

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

IN 1987, THUNDERSTORMS PREVAILED EAST OF THE ROCKIES, PRODUCING
SEVERE WEATHER IN THE CENTRAL HIGH PLAINS REGION. THUNDERSTORMS
SPAWNED FOUR TORNADOES IN COLORADO,  AND PRODUCED WIND GUSTS TO 70
MPH AT GOODLAND,  KS.

IN 1994, BALL LIGHTNING STRUCK A HOME IN BENKELMAN, NEBRASKA AND
DAMAGED WIRING, A TELEVISION, A VCR, AND A FIREPLACE. WITNESSES
SAW THE RED BALL MOVE DOWN THE STREET WHERE IT BLASTED A HOLE IN THE
ROOF OF A NEIGHBOR AND STARTED A FIRE. A NEARBY TRANSFORMER WAS
ALSO DAMAGED CAUSING THE POWER TO BE OFF IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD FOR
ABOUT ONE HOUR. TOTAL DAMAGE WAS BETWEEN 15 AND 20 THOUSAND DOLLARS.

IN 2011, A SMALL CLUSTER OF THUNDERSTORMS MOVED ACROSS WALLACE
COUNTY, KANSAS DURING THE PRE-DAWN HOURS PACKING WINDS CLOSE TO 100
MPH.  TWENTY-FIVE IRRIGATION PIVOTS WERE OVERTURNED, AND NUMEROUS
GRAIN BINS, OUTBUILDINGS AND UTILITY POLES WERE DAMAGED OR DESTROYED.

LATER IN THE DAY, AN OUTBREAK OF DAMAGING TORNADOES OCCURRED OVER
GRAHAM AND NORTON COUNTIES IN KANSAS. A TOTAL OF SIXTEEN TORNADOES
WERE DOCUMENTED, INCLUDING THREE RATED EF3.  ONE TORNADO NARROWLY
MISSED THE TOWN OF ALMENA IN NORTON, COUNTY. FIVE PEOPLE ESCAPED
SERIOUS INJURY BY HIDING UNDER A TABLE IN THE BASEMENT WHEN THEIR
HOME WAS COMPLETELY DESTROYED.

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