Severe thunderstorms broke out across parts of west Texas on Sunday. 2.5" to 3" diameter hail (hockey puck size) bombed the countryside 13 miles south of Westbrook in Mitchell County between 4:03 and 4:12 PM CDT. At 4:23 PM a trained spotter reported a tornado moving southwest at 5-10 mph. At 4:38 PM a second tornado was reported 16 miles south of Westbrook. At 4:48 PM CDT a third tornado was reported was reported 20 miles south of Westbrook on the Sterling and Mitchell County line.
A cluster of t-storms developed across southern New Mexico and northern Mexico late last night. Just before midnight, a severe t-storm dropped 1" (quarter) sized hail on the El Paso National Weather Service Office located in Santa Terssa, 1" diameter hail also fell on Vinton, and 1.25" (half dollar) diameter fell near the office.
Southeastern New Mexico got robbed over the Easter holiday weekend thunderstorm-wise. However, the next three days look fairly busy for thunderstorms across eastern, southeastern New Mexico, and parts of west Texas. Hopefully we will get a decent rain out of this.
Round one will start this afternoon and continue into tonight across southeastern New Mexico. A short wave approaching the area later this afternoon will fire off a few scattered thunderstorms. A second short wave approaching from the northwest later tonight will give us a another round of thunderstorms. A few of these may be severe, especially later this afternoon and possibly again later tonight. Large large hail, damaging thunderstorm wind gusts, and locally heavy rainfall will be the primary severe weather threats. We have a 20% chance of spotter activation across parts of southeastern New Mexico and west Texas around 5 PM MDT this afternoon.
Round two will occur on Tuesday as yet another short wave approaches the area. It appears this morning that we have a little better chance of seeing severe thunderstorms across the area tomorrow. Large hail, damaging thunderstorm wind gusts, locally heavy rainfall and perhaps an isolated tornado or two will all be possible on Tuesday.
Round three will occur on Wednesday, and this looks like our best shot at severe weather in the area. An approaching short wave, cold front, and dryline will all combine to help produce severe thunderstorms. Again, large hail, damaging thunderstorm wind gusts, locally heavy rainfall and perhaps an isolated tornado or two will all be possible on Wednesday over parts of the local area.
Eddy County NM Skywarn Spotters.
Please remember that we are no longer running a local Skywarn Net here in Eddy County, New Mexico. I have placed our Amateur Radio Skywarn Spotter Group under the control of the Midland NWS Skywarn Net Controllers. Net Control at the Midland NWS Office will activate during a Severe Thunderstorm or Tornado Watch.
Their call sign is W5MAF. You can talk to the Net Controllers via these repeaters:
West Texas Connection Via The Maljamar Repeater (442.075)
West Texas Connection Via The Dark Canyon Repeater (147.120)
All Eddy County Skywarn Spotters, and Amateur Radio Spotters, please note that you are requested to report severe weather any time it occurs. Even if Skywarn Activaiton has not been requested. Please call the Midland NWS Forecasters with your severe weather, storm damage, or heavy rainfall and flash flood reports. Or you (all Eddy County Spotters, and the general public) may submit a Spotter report online via this link.
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