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Weather Service issues 95 warnings July 20 - 30


August 2, 2018

Zach Spadt

Farmers work to harvest wheat just north of Pine Bluffs Tuesday, July 31. Area wheat harvest is at 70 percent completion. Bradley Shmidl with Frenchman Valley Co-Op said the one of the facility's four bins is 100 percent full, with the others being partially or nearly full. Some farmers have lost the last few hundred acres of their crops due to recent hailstorms. Other, large farms, have had operations delayed by recent rain. Shmidl said smaller outfits have completed their harvest with larger coops nearing the end. Compared to recent years, this year's harvest has produced significantly larger yields, Shmidl said.

Over a 10-day period, the National Weather Service in Cheyenne issued 95 total warnings. As a breakdown, that's 74 severe thunderstorm warnings, 14 tornado warnings and seven flash flood warnings.

Compare that to a low of eight warnings issued in 2009, all severe.

In 2016, the NWS Cheyenne office issued 71 warnings, all of which were severe over the same 10-day period of July 20 - 30.

Of those, 59 were severe, 10 were tornado warnings and two were flash floods.

The NWS Cheyenne office covers rural northern Colorado, southeastern Wyoming and the Nebraska Panhandle.

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