Author: Mary Knapp

Two events almost 100 years apart serve as reminders that February is still part of winter. On Feb 12, 1899 Dodge City set an all-time record low when the temperature dropped to 26 below zero. The cold extended over the Great Plains as Kansas City Missouri bottomed out at 22 degrees below zero. Camp Clark Nebraska recorded 47 degrees below zero. Ninety-six years later, in 1995, winter took the form of a heavy snow storm. The heaviest snow was in an area bounded by Scott City, Dighton, Ness City, and Larned to Jetmore and Garden City where 8 to 12 inches were recorded. Four to eight inches fell elsewhere. In west central Kansas, 6 to 12 inches were reported at Sharon Springs, Leoti, and Tribune.

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Mary Knapp, Weather Data Library