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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Goodland KS
601 AM MDT Wed Mar 15 2017


In 1916, a prairie fire developed near the railroad tracks west of
Leoti during the night. Witnesses reported that the height of the
flames was so high that the entire West looked like it was on fire.
Neighbors helped one another fight the fire with brooms, old coats,
or anything that could beat the flames. Farmers plowed fireguards in
the middle of night. Others brought water to throw on the fire.
Fanned by strong northwest winds, the fire continued most of the
night and finally was brought under control west of Lakin.

In 1933, spirits rose in Rawlins County. Banks, which were ordered
closed two weeks earlier due to the Great Depression, were allowed to
reopen. Later that day, heavy rain arrived which temporarily eased
drought conditions. Atwood reported 3.38 inches of rain while
McDonald recorded 4.5 inches. The northwest corner of the county
received five to six inches of rain.

In 1935, the first in a series of five dust storms in six days moved
across Sherman County, Kansas. Nice weather was reported during the
morning, but winds increased and blowing dust and dirt began in the
afternoon. By 2 PM the blowing dust was so thick that it was dark as
night. Car lights did not penetrate the darkness enough to drive,
and, besides, the dust choked most engines so driving was not
possible anyway. These conditions lasted about three hours. One
resident drained the oil from his Model T automobile the next day,
and it was as thick as mud due to all the dirt.

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