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Chaves & Eddy County Chase. 6-8-2014.

Blog Updated @ 11:57 AM MDT Tuesday, June 10, 2014.

Did We Or Did We Not Have A Tornado Here? Tough Call.

After further review of our photos and video I'm calling this a 
tornado. It touched down 4 miles south-southwest of Artesia, 
NM, or two miles west of the intersection of 13th St. and Blevins
 Rd at 6:16 PM MDT, Sunday, June 8, 2014. It was on the ground
for a couple of minutes.

This second brief tornado touched down about 9 miles south
of Artesia, New Mexico on Sunday, June 8, 2014 at 6:28 PM
MDT and about 1/2 of a mile west of US Hwy 285.

Courtesy of Trish Anaya

Funnel Cloud Northeast Of Otis Between
Carlsbad and Loving, NM Sunday, June 8, 2014.

2" Diameter Size Hail At My Brothers Home In Atoka.

Courtesy Of Crystal Brooke Blanton.

In Dayton south of Atoka. At the turn off by the rest stop between
 Artesia and Carlsbad along US Hwy 285 Sunday afternoon.

Golf Ball Size Hail At My Daughters Home IN Artesia, NM.

Hen Egg Size Hail At My Mothers Home In Atoka.

Courtesy Of Darla Vernon. 

 Artesia, NM on Blevins Rd. These hail stones fell in about the first 10 min
 of our 25min hail storm the one with the quarter was close to baseball. Yikes

Courtesy Of Gary Houseman
Grapefruit Size Hail In Dayton, 10 Miles South Of Artesia, NM.

Courtesy of Gary Houseman:
At his moms house on Dayton Rd (10 miles S of Artesia)
 on Sunday afternoon, June 8, 2014.

Four New Mexico hail stones on a 10" dinner plate.
 Largest was 3 7/8" in diameter.

Courtesy Paulette Boyce Of Artesia, NM.

Hail at her home on South 13th St, south of Artesia, NM.
Sunday, June 8, 2014.

Our chase video of the supercell's on Sunday, June 8, 2014.

Update Tuesday, June 10, 2014 9:00 AM MDT-

The Albuquerque National Weather Service Office has confirmed that an EF-1 tornado occurred east of Encinoso on Sunday, June 8th. Among the damage, were two mobile homes, countless trees, as well as several barns and sheds. Fortunately, no deaths or injuries occurred with this tornado. For more details, please read our public information statement at

My wife (Diane) and I left Carlsbad at noon on Sunday, June 8, 2014 and headed north on US Hwy 285 to Artesia, then Roswell. It was time to chase some storms.

Our first stop was 22 miles northwest of Roswell, NM on Pine Lodge Rd. We then back tracked to the Roswell Truck Route, then back south to Artesia and eventually to Carlsbad.

Great storm structure with a lot of teasing by mother nature. Take a look at the video about 1:38 seconds into it. Did we or did we not have a tornado at this point south of Artesia? 

Seems like a silly question for me to ask given I've been chasing storms in southeastern New Mexico for 41 years now. But that was a tough call...I ended up not calling it a tornado and now I'm thinking I may have been wrong. Its not always cut and dry out there and I'm still learning new tricks of the trade.

Multiple reports of golf ball to tennis ball size hail on the south side of Carlsbad, New Mexico Sunday.

The Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction! 

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