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Dodge City Daily Globe - Dodge City, KS
  • From snow to sunny skies

  • Wednesday morning Dodge Citians woke up to sunny skies with a wind nine to 14 miles per hour only to wake up the next day to a wind speed that peaked at 60 miles per hour and a brief period of snow- The town of many moods changed its pace by the afternoon, depicting dry roads and a sunny sky.
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  • Wednesday morning Dodge Citians woke up to sunny skies with a wind nine to 14 miles per hour only to wake up the next day to a wind speed that peaked at 60 miles per hour and a brief period of snow- The town of many moods changed its pace by the afternoon, depicting dry roads and a sunny sky.  
    The unusually high wind that peaked at a speed of 64 miles per hour in Garden City airport and 71 miles per hour east of Garden City originated from a deep upper-level trough that dug into Colorado Wednesday evening. A surface low then moved into southwest Kansas according to National Weather Service Meteorologist Larry Ruthi.  
    The strong wind caused power outages leading to school and business closings.
    Local schools included Beeson Elementary School, Sunnyside Elementary School and Dodge City High School. Dodge City Community College also canceled classes.  
    Ruthi said high winds this time of year in this area are not unusual. He said that high wind events such as these tend to occur once or twice per year. Over the course of the last 30 years, there has only been one instance of winds reaching more than 60 miles per hour in February in Dodge City.  
    Victory Electric reported 7,700 members, including those in Spearville, Jetmore, Ingalls and Cimarron, out of power on Thursday as a result of the wind. According to Manager of Marketing and Communications Jerri Imgarten, the outages were caused by “galloping lines,” or lines swaying back and forth. When the lines make contact with each other fuses can pop, breakers open and fires can start.  
    Victory Electric deployed all available linemen to determine the cause of the problems and make necessary repairs. In order to restore power, linemen must replace fuses, repair damaged lines and close breakers. Imgarten estimated that repairs would be completed by today.  
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