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NOUS43 KGLD 241201  
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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT  
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GOODLAND KS  
600 AM MDT SUN MAR 24 2019  
   
..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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