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Garden City sees first May snowfall since 1917

5/3/2013

By SCOTT AUST

By SCOTT AUST

saust@gctelegram.com

If you slept until noon, you may have missed it.

It snowed three inches in Garden City overnight on Thursday.

No, really.

It may seem like a cosmic joke pulled by Mother Nature, but Garden City received measurable snow in May for the first time since 1917, according to the Southwest Research-Extension Center.

Duane Wolfe, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Dodge City, said the inch of snow Dodge City received was actually a record amount for May 2, and historically the area has seen measurable snowfall reported as late as May 5 in the past.

Wolfe said the weather pattern over the last month really isn't all that unusual, though it may seem strange because there wasn't much of a spring season the two previous years.

"It's pretty much a typical spring fluctuation, though having this cold of an outbreak is a little unusual this time of year," Wolfe said. "Normally, during the spring season from March through May, you'll get quite a bit of oscillation between cold and warm. It seems odd because the last couple of years we went pretty much straight from winter to summer with no spring."

Wolfe said the late snow and cooler temperatures don't portend a cool and wet summer.

Other snow amounts reported to the NWS included two inches in Lakin and Ulysses, about an inch in Johnson City and five inches reported in Scott County about four miles northwest of Manning.

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