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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT  
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GOODLAND KS  
500 AM MST THU FEB 21 2019  
   
..ON THIS DATE IN WEATHER HISTORY
 
 
IN 1935, WINDS BETWEEN 50 AND 60 MPH PRODUCED A LARGE DUST STORM,  
ONE OF THE WORST THAT HIT THE TRI STATE AREA DURING THE DUST BOWL  
ERA. THIS WAS THE FIRST OF THREE SIGNIFICANT DUST STORMS IN THREE  
DAYS.  
RURAL SCHOOLS IN RAWLINS AND THOMAS COUNTIES WERE CLOSED BECAUSE  
BLOWING DUST WAS SO THICK THAT CHILDREN COULD EASILY BECOME LOST ON  
THEIR WAY TO SCHOOL. SCHOOLS IN ATWOOD WERE DISMISSED EARLY WHEN A  
DUST CLOUD WAS VIEWED ON THE HORIZON. BY THE TIME THE DUST CLOUD  
REACHED LEOTI, THE CLOUD WAS SEVERAL THOUSAND FEET HIGH AND SEVERAL  
COUNTIES WIDE. THE STORM BEGAN IN GOODLAND, KANSAS, AROUND 11 AM AND  
CONTINUED FOR 10 HOURS. VISIBILITIES WERE NEAR ZERO. AUTOMOBILES  
CREPT SLOWLY AND PEDESTRIANS TOOK THEIR LIVES IN THEIR HANDS WHEN  
CROSSING STREETS. PORCHES AND DOORWAYS CONTAINED BUCKETS OF FINE  
DIRT AND PEOPLE FOUND IT DIFFICULT TO BREATHE. THE DUST STORM  
EXTENDED WEST ALL THE WAY TO LIMON, COLORADO. PEOPLE IN KIT CARSON,  
COLORADO, USED OIL LAMPS TO ILLUMINATE THE DARKNESS IN THE MIDDLE OF  
THE DAY. SOME DRIFTS OF DIRT IN CHEYENNE COUNTY, COLORADO, WERE NEAR  
20 FEET DEEP AND COVERED TREES.  
 

 
 
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