Mother Nature showed her capriciousness on Wednesday, with fog, mist, drizzle, rain, snow and partly cloudy to fair conditions reported in Pratt by the National Weather Service at Dodge City.
Just before 8 a.m. sustained winds were recorded at 36 miles per hour with gusts to 53. The temperature dropped to its lowest point of the day, 32 degrees.
The Pratt Fire Department responded to a report of electrical lines arcing next to a house shortly after 8. There was no fire, Chief David Kramer said, but sparks were near the house. He termed the incident wind-related, and said it was the only one of the day requiring firefighter attention.
Nelson Burrell, 315 S. Pearl, reported that his neighbor’s trampoline had “gone flying” for the second time in a couple of years. It crossed the fence where it was enclosed, hit two cars and damaged a light pole in front of Burrell’s house.
“Those things are nothing but giant kites,” he said. “They need to be tied down.”
As suddenly as the mini snow and wind storm arrived, it departed. By mid-morning, conditions had improved, but wind speeds remained in the mid-20s, with gusts up to 40 mph. Temperatures during the day ranged from 32 at 8 a.m. to 48 about 3:30.