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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT  
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GOODLAND KS  
600 AM MDT SAT OCT 25 2014  
   
..ON THIS DATE IN WEATHER HISTORY
 
 
IN 1997, SNOWFALL OF 10 TO 24 INCHES ACCOMPANIED BY 50 TO 60 MPH  
WINDS PRODUCED WIDESPREAD BLIZZARD CONDITIONS IN THE TRI STATE AREA  
WITH NEAR ZERO VISIBILITY AND WIND CHILLS TO 20 DEGREES BELOW ZERO.  
IT WAS THE LARGEST ONE DAY SNOWFALL ON RECORD AT THE GOODLAND  
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE WITH 19.3 INCHES. AN ESTIMATED 6200  
HEAD OF CATTLE WERE KILLED. THE AIR NATIONAL GUARD AIR LIFTED HAY  
TO SURVIVING RANGE CATTLE AFTER THE STORM. UP TO 25 PERCENT OF THE  
REMAINING FALL CROPS WERE DAMAGED BY THE SNOW AND WIND. ROADS WERE  
CLOSED AND MOTORISTS STRANDED. AT LEAST ONE PERSON SUFFERED SEVERE  
FROSTBITE AND MILD HYPOTHERMIA AFTER BECOMING STRANDED FOR OVER 12  
HOURS WHEN HIS SNOWMOBILE QUIT. TOTAL PROPERTY DAMAGE FROM THE  
STORM WAS ESTIMATED TO BE 5 MILLION DOLLARS.  
 

 
 
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