Author: Mary Knapp

In Kansas, March is famous for its windy weather. On March 12, 1991 high winds blasted southwest Kansas. Dust storms reduced visibilities to as low as zero in some areas. Wind gusts hit 89 mph at Garden City and 67 mph at Dodge City. A Hamilton county official reported "this wind's blowing like sin." The winds ripped shingles from rooftops, scattered irrigation pipe, trimmed limbs from trees, tore up signs, store fronts, awnings and sent debris flying. Winds averaged 40 to 55 miles per hour from about 11 pm the night of the 11th to about 6 am on the 12th throughout the area.

Figure 1. Dust (WDL)

Mary Knapp, Weather Data Library