Clipped From Miami Daily News-Record
HARDSHIPS RIDE DUST BLIZZARD IN FOUR STATES Schools Closed in Panhandle County by Third Gale In Three Days KANSAS WHEAT HURT Silt Clouds Move South And East—Farmers Don Masks While Plowing GUYMON, Okla., Feb. 17—</B— A raging "black blizzard," third in three days, forced all Texas county county schools to close today as blinding blinding dust clouds swept over parts of Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas. Visibility dropped virtually to zero as the ominous black clouds enveloped Guymon, Hooker, Forgan and Texhoma, Okla., and Higgins and Follett, Tex. Street lamps burned in the dusty gloom, and automobile travel was halted completely. completely. Clouds of powdery, grey dust sifted over other points in the Texas Panhandle, reducing visibility visibility to 200 feet at Borger. The Dallas weather bureau reported clearing- skies at other Texas dust points. Kansas Wheat Hurt A driving north wind blew up a heavy dust storm in the Lakin, Kas., vicinity and County Agent Kermit V. Engle reported conditions conditions of wheat there had declined 4 percent in a week. Guymon and other Texas county schools closed today after schools at Tyrone closed yesterday. The gloom and the dust-filled air made study impossible. Dust blew into Lamar, Colo., cutting visibility to a few blocks. Dust Moves South Thickening dust clouds moved far south into Oklahoma. At Oklahoma Oklahoma City, visibility dropped to one-half mile shortly before noon. Visibility was a mile at Fort Sill and three-quarters of a mile at Waynoka. While visibility was seven miles at Tulsa, the federal weather bureau at Oklahoma City reported dust was moving into the Tulsa area "and apparently getting worse." Dust blew at Ardmore, where visibility was six miles, Dust-masked farmers " prepared to throw up protective bulwarks of hard clods on their blowlands. Visibility slumped to virtually zero, street lights were turned on, and automobile traffic, even on Guymon streets, was at a standstill. standstill. It was the third duster in three days. At Beaver, east of her.e, a lashing lashing north wind kicked up the dust into clouds that reduced visibility to half a block. Rains in Some Areas Rains fell in some parts of the Oklahoma and Texas panhandle, settling the dust, but the "after- blow," the swirl of freshly-deposited freshly-deposited dust, already was under way at some points. Colorado reported dusters at Springfield and Two Buttes, in the southeastern part of the state. Yesterday and last night a slight haze hung over Hutchinson, Kas. Members of the Chamber of Commerce here donned their dust masks for their annual membership membership campaign, raising pledges of $1,023. Farmers in the dust area were told by Weather Observer D. P. Bizzell there was small likelihood ol' more rain to augment t 1 brief showers. He said fresh dusters were probable.