By far this is the biggest hail stone I've seen yet.
Courtesy of Paulette Boyce who lives on south 13th St, south of Artesia, NM.
My wife (Diane) and I went storm chasing this past Sunday, June 8, 2014. We observed two brief tornadoes south of Artesia, New Mexico during one of the biggest severe weather outbreaks in years.
The first tornado touched down 4 miles south-southwest of Artesia...or 2 miles west of the intersection of South 13TH St. & Blevins Rd at 6:16 PM MDT.
The second tornado touched down 8 miles south of Artesia just west of US Hwy 285 near Kincaid Rd at 6:28 PM MDT. It was on the ground for at least one minute maybe a couple more.
This supercell thunderstorm produced an enormous amount of golf ball to grapefruit size hail from Artesia to south of Carlsbad. Please visit the link below to view my blog with more photos of that hail.
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 athttp://www.srh.noaa.gov/data/ABQ/PNSABQ
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.
Two supercell thunderstorms developed near Corona, New Mexico Saturday, June 7, 2014. They then moved off to the southeast. I first started filing at 7:35 PM MDT about five miles north of the junction of U.S. Hwy's 285 & 70 north of Roswell, New Mexico. This is a time lapse (16X the normal speed) video.
Yesterday afternoon some rather blistering high temps were noted across the southeastern plains of New Mexico including 111 at the Paducah Raws which is located near the WIPP Site, 110 at the Carlsbad Airport, and 108 at the Artesia Airport.