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Eagle Nest, New Mexico Tornado - August 9th, 2018.


Blog Updated At 4:21 PM MDT Friday, August 10th, 2018.
Blog Updated At 4:54 PM MDT Monday, August 13th, 2018.

August 9th, 2018.
Courtesy Of Pete Pedro.

Incredible video and photos of a tornado this afternoon in Eagle Nest, New Mexico. Eagle Nest is located in northern New Mexico in the Moreno Valley at an elevation of 8,238'. So once again and for the second time this year a tornado has touched down in or near a mountain community. The first sighting occurred near Picacho in Lincoln County31 miles east of Ruidoso at an elevation of around 5,000' to 6,000' on May 25th of this year. Golf ball size hail is also reported to have fallen in Eagle Nest this afternoon.
















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...NWS DAMAGE SURVEY FOR 08/09/2018 TORNADO EVENT NEAR EAGLE NEST...

.OVERVIEW...A landspout tornado produced a narrow swath of damage
near Eagle Nest, NM during the early afternoon of Thursday, August
9th. This is the first documented tornado in the Moreno Valley since
at least 1950. The landspout tornado also exhibited anti-cyclonic or
clockwise rotation during its entire lifecycle, which is not common.
A landspout tornado is a type of non-supercell tornado whereby low-
level rotation originates near the ground and quickly ascends toward
the base of a rapidly growing thunderstorm. It had a classically
narrow condensation funnel cloud and formed in a vast open area just
west of U.S. 64 between mile markers 283 and 284 where surface
heating was likely maximized. The landspout tornado crossed U.S. 64
very near Elk Lane Rd. tracking slightly north of due east until
dissipating over the northeast portion of Eagle Nest Lake.
Elevations along the track ranged from approximately 8350 feet to
8175 feet MSL.

.EAGLE NEST LANDSPOUT TORNADO...

RATING:                 EF-0
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    85 mph PATH
LENGTH /STATUTE/:       2.3 miles
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   80 yards
FATALITIES:             0
INJURIES:               0

START DATE:             AUGUST 9,2018
START TIME:             2:25 PM MDT
START LOCATION:         2.0 MI SW OF EAGLE NEST / COLFAX CO / NM
START LAT/LON:          36.5310 / -105.2861

END DATE:               AUGUST 9, 2018
END TIME:               2:33 PM MDT
END LOCATION:           1.3 MI SE OF EAGLE NEST / COLFAX CO / NM
END_LAT/LON:            36.5373 / -105.2459

.SURVEY_SUMMARY: A damage survey was conducted on Friday, August
10th. Several individuals were interviewed who witnessed the event
including the owner of Pepper Sauce Camp (PCS) near the intersection
of Elk Lane Rd. and U.S. 64.

Immediately west of the PCS, approximately 180 feet of barbed
wire/picket fence was downed and damaged. Several steel t-posts were
sheared or bent nearly 90-degrees. All 10 units that comprise the
PCS property suffered damage.  All but two of sixteen west-facing
windows were partially or completely destroyed by flying debris.
Windows and storm doors at the main building were partially or
completely busted. A small car that was parked and facing east had
all but the front windshield busted out. The bed of an old truck
used as a marketing sign was lifted and carried about 50 feet toward
the southwest. The front windshield of an old Chevrolet C65 truck
was struck no less than 75 times by flying debris but remained
intact while both side windows were completely busted out. An old
hay barn was collapsed and roofing material  found 300 feet away.

An unoccupied "fifth wheel" recreational vehicle with an estimated
weight of 12,000 pounds was partially lifted, shifted and rolled on
its side at the Eagle Nest Campground.  Two other RVs sustained
damage to include busted windows, including a Class A diesel pusher
(dry weight 32,000 pounds) that was oriented nearly perpendicular to
the tornado`s path. The owners from Oklahoma were at the site when
the landspout tornado first formed but quickly vacated their RV and
sought shelter at a nearby visitor center.  Only pea-sized hail was
reported at the campground. Damage was the result of significant
flying debris that was lofted at least 7 feet AGL.

EF Scale: The enhanced Fujita Scale classifies tornadoes into
the following categories.

EF0...Weak......65 TO 85 mph
EF1...Weak......86 TO 110 mph
EF2...Strong....111 TO 135 mph
EF3...Strong....136 TO 165 mph
EF4...Violent...166 TO 200 mph
EF5...Violent...>200 mph*|

NOTE:
The information in this statement is preliminary and subject to
change pending final review of the event and publication in
NWS Storm Data.

$$

KJ

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