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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WICHITA KS
600 AM CDT WED APR 1 2015

...ON THIS DATE IN WEATHER HISTORY...

IN 1988...A STRONG STORM SYSTEM PRODUCED A VARIETY OF
SEVERE WEATHER ACROSS THE CENTRAL UNITED STATES.  A
WINTER STORM DROPPED 22 INCHES OF SNOW AT RYE COLORADO
AND TIMPAS OKLAHOMA...AND 19 INCHES AT SHARON SPRINGS
KANSAS.  IN NORTHEAST TEXAS...SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS
SPAWNED AN F3 TORNADO.THE TRACK WAS 13 MILES LONG AND
AROUND 400 YARDS WIDE.THE TORNADO INJURED 9 AND CAUSED
$2.5 MILLION DAMAGE IN THE TOWN OF EAST MOUNTAIN.

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IN 1946...PERHAPS THE CRUELEST OF APRIL FOOL`S `PRANKS`
TOOK PLACE WHEN A MAJOR EARTHQUAKE OCCURRED ABOUT 100
MILES SOUTH OF UNIMAK ISLAND...THE CLOSEST OF THE
ALEUTIAN CHAIN TO THE ALASKAN PENINSULA.  THE
EARTHQUAKE...WHOSE MOMENT MAGNITUDE OF 7.4 WAS UPGRADED
TO 8.6...GENERATED A PACIFIC-WIDE TSUNAMI THAT STRUCK THE
SOUTH SHORES OF UNIMAK ISLAND IN ABOUT 50 MINUTES.
REACHING A HORRIFIC HEIGHT AROUND 115 FEET...THE TSUNAMI
OBLITERATED THE NEWLY BUILT SCOTCH CAP LIGHTHOUSE THAT
WAS CONSTRUCTED OF STEEL REINFORCED CONCRETE.  ALL 5 CREW
WERE KILLED.  THE TSUNAMI REACHED THE HAWAIIAN ISLANDS IN
4.5 HOURS WHERE IT REACHED HEIGHTS THAT RANGED GREATLY
FROM 25 TO 55 FEET ALONG THE NORTHEAST SHORES OF THE BIG
ISLAND.  IN HILO...159 WERE KILLED AND THE ENTIRE
WATERFRONT WAS DESTROYED.  JUST NORTHWEST OF HILO...IN
LAUPAHOEHOE...A SCHOOL WAS COMPLETELY DESTROYED WHERE 24
MORE WERE KILLED.  WAVES 10-15 FEET HIGH SLAMMED INTO THE
PACIFIC NORTHWEST COAST FROM WASHINGTON TO NORTHERN
CALIFORNIA.  THE TSUNAMI WAS SO POWERFUL THAT WAVES
REACHED HEIGHTS OF 30 FEET WHEN THEY STRUCK FRENCH
POLYNESIA.  MANY BOATS WERE DAMAGED OR DESTROYED AS FAR
AWAY AS THE COAST OF CHILE.  THE DISASTER PROVED HISTORIC
IN ANOTHER SENSE IN THAT IT RESULTED IN THE DEVELOPMENT
OF THE SEISMIC SEA WAVE WARNING SYSTEM (SSWWS).  THE
SSWWS EVENTUALLY EVOLVED INTO THE PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING
CENTER IN EVA BEACH HAWAII.  A 2ND TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER
IS LOCATED IN PALMER ALASKA.

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