A Wet Microburst from a thunderstorm slammed the east side of Carlsbad, New Mexico yesterday afternoon. My family and I were at the Elks Pool at the time, and I took all of the above photos from there. The thunderstorm was located to our east, and I estimated that we got rocked by at least 60 mph wind gusts at the pool.
A home weather station located in the Ridgecrest Subdivision, on the Carlsbad Municipal Golf Course, recorded a peak wind gust from this thunderstorm of 70 mph at 3:09 PM MDT. That station recorded .49" from the storm, while my home weather station located on the northwest side of town only recorded a trace of rain. No doubt heavier rain fell east and southeast of the pool. As far as I am aware, there was no hail associated with the storm. I guess you can say that instead of core punching this storm, I got cored punched by it. It was an interesting experience, since we all ran to the bathrooms and the main lodge to seek shelter from the storm.
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