Rough Day Of Severe Weather Ahead Today!

Photo Is Courtesy Of Carrie Greenwood.
Golf ball size hail fell in Cottonwood at 3 AM MDT this morning.

Photo Courtesy Of Jared Sellers Deason.
Johnson Farms In Cottonwood, NM, North Of Artesia.

GRLevel3 2.00 Radar Snapshot At 2:01 AM MDT.

GRLevel3 2.00 Radar Snapshot At 2:36 AM MDT.

GRLevel3 2.00 Radar Snapshot At 2:47 AM MDT.

NWS Mesonet Rainfall Reports As Of 5 AM MDT.

Severe thunderstorms erupted across the east face of the Sacramento Mountains around 1:00 AM MDT this morning. Several severe thunderstorm warnings were issued by the Midland and Albuquerque National Weather Service Offices for these storms. 

It got a little scary in the Artesia area starting at 1:57 AM MDT, this is when a Severe Thunderstorm Warning was issued for the Hope and Artesia areas. NWS Doppler Radar indicated that a Severe Thunderstorm capable of producing golf ball or larger hail was located 28 miles west of Artesia, or 15 miles southwest of Hope, moving off to the northeast at around 30-35 mph. 

At 2:36 AM MDT, the Midland National Weather Service Office upgraded this warning to a Tornado Warning. A possible tornado was indicated by radar about 11 miles west of Artesia, and was moving off to the northeast at 30-35 mph. The tornado warning was extended at 2:47 AM MDT, when radar indicated that a tornado was located near Artesia moving east at around 30 mph.

Several reports of at least golf ball size hail was received from the Cottonwood area north, and northeast of Artesia, between 3:00 and 3:30 AM MDT this morning. I would like to personally thank Eddy County Skywarn Storm Spotter Danny Kiper (K5DLK), and Joel Arnwine (KE5JDA), the Eddy County Emergency Manger, for their help and spotter reports during this event. I was in constant contact with them via amateur radio.

 As of 5:30 AM MDT, as far as I know there have been no reports of funnel clouds, tornadoes, in the Artesia area. This does not mean that a tornado did not touch down, it means that if one did, as of this writing it has not been reported. No doubt there were some occurrences of some very large hail in the Hope and Artesia area, if you have photos of the hail please email them to me, or post them on my Facebook page. Thanks!

Additional rounds of severe thunderstorms are expected across the area today and tonight as the potent upper-level storm to our west begins to move closer to us. There is a 60% chance of Skywarn Storm Spotter Activation this afternoon in the Midland National Weather Service County Warning Area. 

It appears at this time (as of 5:30 AM MDT) that the primary severe weather threats today and tonight will be large hail, damaging thunderstorm wind gusts in excess of 60 mph, deadly cloud to ground lighting, locally heavy rain, as well as localized flash flooding. A few tornadoes will also be possible with the stronger supercell thunderstorms

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