Wall Cloud Becoming Rain Wrapped.
I Took This Photo At The Carlsbad Airport On June 7, 1992.
This wall cloud went on to produce an F2 (EF2) rated tornado that bounced down Church street in Carlsbad for a half of a mile before slamming into the Taco Bell Restaurant...across from Albertsons on the corner of Church and Canal. This tornado was 73 yards wide. There were six injuries in the Taco Bell when the tornado blew out the windows and partially collapsed the roof.
This past Thursday, May 31st, 2018 marked the 27th anniversary of Eddy Counties worst tornado..The Wagon Wheel Road Tornado of May 31st, 1991. That F2 (EF2) tornado cut a path of damage a mile long and 285 yards wide. Thee were 21 people injured, 10 of them receiving treatment at the Carlsbad Medical Center. A total of 13 mobile homes were destroyed and 57 other homes and buildings were damaged. I wrote a blog about this event and you can read it and view my photos of it via this link. What are our chances of seeing another destructive tornado like this locally? I have written several other blogs concerning this and given a limited history of tornadoes in Southeastern New Mexico. Click on the links below to read them.
Spring in New Mexico can be a wild ride at times. Heat waves, dust storms and high wind events, droughts, and even late season snowstorms usually occur every year. Mid May through June is also the peak of our severe weather season. I always keep a nervous eye on our skies this time of the year. Our recent population explosion locally has increased (in my opinion anyway) our chances of seeing more injuries or God forbid fatalities should we have another strong tornado such as the May 31st, 1991 and June 7th, 1992 events. More people are living and working here locally thus making them potential targets. I'm not trying to hype this or blow it out of proportion but it needs addressed. Think about where you will be and what you will be doing tomorrow should severe thunderstorms develop. Now is the time to plan ahead and be prepared. Don't wait until the storms are on top of you.
Yesterday was the hottest day of the year thus far which was sorta of appropriate for the meteorological beginning of summer. No doubt new daily record high temperatures have been set across the area over the past ten days and I will post these in a few days.
Relief From The Heat - For One Day Anyway.
(Sunday, June 2, 2018).
A cold front had entered Northeastern New Mexico early this morning and is forecast to push southward today into tonight. It will arrive in Southeastern New Mexico by this evening bringing with it slightly cooler temps and an increased chance for scattered thunderstorms.
With increased low level moisture pooling in the area behind the cold front tonight and Sunday along with a couple of approaching short waves our chances for thunderstorms go up starting this afternoon. Sunday will have the best chance of wetting rains but this may come with a price. Scattered thunderstorms are forecast locally Sunday into Sunday night and some of these may become severe. Large hail, damaging thunderstorm wind gusts in excess of 60 mph, deadly cloud to ground lightning, and locally heavy rains along with localized flash flooding will be possible. An isolated tornado or so cannot be ruled out either.
One more day of triple digit high temps this afternoon ahead of the approaching cold front. Sunday's forecast highs are about ten degrees cooler than today's. I know its not much but we will take what we can get right. Triple digit readings at or above 100º are forecast to return to Southeastern New Mexico on Monday continuing throughout next week.
Valid Today Through 6 PM MDT Monday.
Weather Prediction Centers Total Rainfall Forecast.
Valid Today Through 6 AM MDT Tuesday.
The Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction!