Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS Goodland, KS

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GOODLAND KS
600 AM MDT TUE MAR 24 2015

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

IN 1886, ONE OF THE WORST BLIZZARDS ON RECORD STRUCK NORTHWEST
KANSAS. IN SHERMAN COUNTY, SNOW DRIFTS TO FOUR FEET WERE REPORTED
AND 320 CATTLE WERE FROZEN TO DEATH. IN THE TOWN OF LEANARDVILLE, NO
LONGER IN EXISTENCE, THIRTY PEOPLE HUDDLED FOR THREE DAYS IN A GENERAL
STORE AND POST OFFICE AND BURNED OVER 3000 FEET OF LUMBER TO WARD
OFF THE COLD.

IN 1996, STRONG WINDS, COLD TEMPERATURES, AND SNOW CREATED
BLIZZARD CONDITIONS WITH VISIBILITY FREQUENTLY BELOW A QUARTER OF A MILE
ACROSS NORTHWEST KANSAS. THERE WERE SEVERAL TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS WITH
MINOR INJURIES. MAJOR ROADS WERE CLOSED FOR SEVERAL HOURS. ACTUAL
SNOW AMOUNTS WERE 3 INCHES OR LESS BUT DRIFTS TO SEVERAL FEET WERE
COMMON. THE COLD TEMPERATURES AND LACK OF SNOW COVER CAUSED
WINTERKILL ON WINTER WHEAT.

IN 2002, A BAND OF 4 TO 8 INCHES OF SNOW FELL ACROSS PORTIONS OF
NORTHWEST KANSAS. THE HEAVY SNOW REDUCED VISIBILITIES BELOW ONE
MILE, WHICH CAUSED NUMEROUS ACCIDENTS ALONG INTERSTATE 70. THE
INTERSTATE WAS CLOSED FROM LIMON COLORADO TO OAKLEY KANSAS DUE TO
TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS AND HEAVY SNOWFALL.

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