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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT  
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GOODLAND KS  
600 AM MDT SAT MAY 30 2020  
   
..ON THIS DATE IN WEATHER HISTORY
 
 
IN 1879, A MAJOR TORNADO OUTBREAK OCCURRED FROM NORTH CENTRAL  
KANSAS INTO SOUTHEAST NEBRASKA. TORNADOES IN KANSAS KILLED 18  
PERSONS AT DELPHOS AND CLAIMED 30 LIVES AT IRVING WHERE TWO  
TWISTERS STRUCK WITHIN MINUTES OF ONE ANOTHER, REDUCING THE SMALL  
COMMUNITY TO RUBBLE. THE SECOND TORNADO WAS PERHAPS TWO MILES WIDE  
AND EXHIBITED MULTIPLE VORTICES.  
 
IN 1935, ONE OF THE WORST WEATHER RELATED DISASTERS HIT THE TRI STATE  
AREA. IT WAS KNOWN AS THE GREAT FLOOD OF 1935. THE EVENT BEGAN DURING  
THE EVENING WHEN THUNDERSTORMS PRODUCED AN ALMOST UNBELIEVABLE AMOUNT  
OF RAIN IN KIT CARSON AND YUMA COUNTIES. UNOFFICIAL RAINFALL  
OBSERVERS REPORTED BETWEEN 18 AND 24 INCHES OF RAIN DURING THE  
EVENING. THE RAIN DRAINED INTO THE ARIKAREE AND REPUBLICAN RIVERS  
WHICH PROCEEDED TO RAPIDLY FLOOD. A TOTAL OF 113 LIVES WERE LOST,  
MOSTLY IN COLORADO AND NEBRASKA, WHEN FLOOD WATERS ARRIVED AT NIGHT.  
OVER TWENTY THOUSAND HEAD OF CATTLE WERE KILLED. SEVERAL HUNDRED  
MILES OF HIGHWAYS AND RAILROADS WERE DESTROYED.  
 

 
 
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