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Your earlier post on the "radar gap" causes me to speculate that this "Christmas Tornado" observation is perhaps another case of improved coverage. I grew up in Dodge City (b. 1940), and there wasn't even a TV station until the mid-1950s, let alone radar coverage. There were probably more farmers living on their property than now, but I don't know that this meant more trained weather observers. I doubt it. Very spotty telephone service even then, so newspaper reports? Seems unlikely.But still .... This 2016 report is another data point.
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