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Issued by NWS Goodland, KS

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GOODLAND KS
500 AM MST THU JAN 01 2015

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

IN 1886, ONE OF THE MOST SIGNIFICANT BLIZZARDS TO HIT WESTERN
KANSAS OCCURRED. THE BLIZZARD BEGAN ON THE 1ST AND CONTINUED
THROUGH THE 3RD. MANY SETTLERS, COWBOYS, AND TRAVELERS BECAME
BEWILDERED AND FROZE TO DEATH WHEN LANDMARKS AND TRAILS WERE
OBLITERATED. NEARLY 100 PEOPLE DIED IN KANSAS, AND SOME REPORTS
ESTIMATED AROUND 30 PEOPLE PERISHED IN THOMAS COUNTY.
RAILROAD TRAFFIC WAS PARALYZED. FOOD AND FUEL SHORTAGES WERE
SERIOUS. APPROXIMATELY 80 PERCENT OF CATTLE IN THE BLIZZARD`S PATH
WERE KILLED, AND THOSE THAT SURVIVED WERE TERMED "WALKING SKELETONS".

IN 1920, THROUGH THE EFFORTS OF A LOCAL CITIZEN, GOODLAND, KANSAS,
WAS AWARDED A GOVERNMENT WEATHER OBSERVING STATION. A FULLY
FUNCTIONAL WEATHER BUREAU OFFICE WAS OPENED 23 YEARS LATER.

IN 2003, MODERATE TO HEAVY SNOW FELL ACROSS PORTIONS OF EXTREME
EASTERN COLORADO, NORTHWEST KANSAS, AND SOUTHWEST NEBRASKA.
TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 4 TO 8 INCHES WERE COMMON ACROSS
SHERMAN AND CHEYENNE COUNTIES IN KANSAS. THE COMBINATION OF
SNOW AND WIND REDUCED VISIBILITIES TO ONE HALF MILE AT TIMES DURING
THE MORNING AND EARLY AFTERNOON HOURS.

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