Public Information Statement
Statement as of 6:00 am MDT on March 14, 2014
... On this date in weather history...
In 1912, heavy snow and strong winds produced blizzard conditions
across northwest Kansas. Over seven inches of snow fell in Colby.
Large snow drifts stalled everything for four days. Drifts
completely covered a train just east of Colby. The heavy snow
rapidly melted about a week later which produced significant runoff.
The Prairie Dog creek and Solomon river overflowed. In fact, the
Solomon was 200 yards wide as cakes of ice swept in its turbulent
In 1989, winds gusting to 72 mph at Hill City Kansas reduced the
visibility to a city block in blowing dust. Soil erosion in
northwest Kansas damaged nearly five million acres of wheat.