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Public Information Statement
Statement as of 7:26 PM EDT on October 22, 2014

530 PM Wed Oct 22 2014

...Central High plains forecast offices reevaluate wind hazard thresholds...

Effective October 31, 2014 at 600 PM MDT, the National Weather Service forecast offices in Dodge City and Goodland, Kansas and Hastings and North Platte, Nebraska will cease issuing wind advisories. Wind advisories are normally issued when winds are expected to reach 30 to 39 mph sustained, or wind gusts of 45 to 57 mph.

The Central High plains National Weather Service forecast offices solicited input from users in a public online survey from April 28th to July 29th to evaluate the impacts of winds meeting advisory criteria. Input gained from users revealed that few take action to mitigate the effect of such winds since they are so common on the High Plains. Advisories are issued to draw attention to meteorological events in the current forecast that could pose a threat to safety or have an economic impact, and user input showed that wind advisories do not meet this Standard on the Central High plains.

High wind warnings will continue to be issued for sustained winds 40 mph or higher and wind gusts 58 mph or higher. Blowing dust advisories (visibility below one mile in blowing dirt) and dust storm warnings (visibility below 1/4 mile in blowing dirt) will also continue to be issued.

Forecasts of wind speed and wind gusts for the next seven days are available in both graphical and text format online at www.Weather.Gov/gld and over all hazards NOAA Weather Radio. Hazardous weather in the tri-state area is also highlighted on our web site in the hazardous weather outlook, issued daily.

For more information, please contact Scott Mentzer meteorologist-in-charge Scott.Mentzer@noaa.Gov (785)899-7119

David Floyd warning coordination meteorologist David.L.Floyd@noaa.Gov (785)899-7119

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