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Hope & Carlsbad, NM Supercell T-Storms 5-29-2016.

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Blog Updated @ 8:07 AM MDT Monday, May 30, 2016.


We Are 4.5 Miles South Of Hope, NM In Eddy County Looking NW At 2:17 PM MDT. We Notice That A Blue-Green Tent is Showing Up In The Storm As It Begins Producing Hail...Possibly Large. The Storm Started Out Moving To The Northeast But Quickly Turned To The Southeast Making It A Right Mover Or Right Moving Supercell Thunderstorm.


This Is A GR2Analyst Radar Snapshot Of The Storm At 2:17 PM MDT. Using The Midland NWS Dual Pol Radar. Maximum Radar Reflectivity Is 69 DBZ At This Time. 

Meanwhile To Our Southeast This LP Supercell Thunderstorm Was Getting Its Act Together West Of Carlsbad At 2:17 PM MDT. This Storm Was Moving Generally To The East Towards Carlsbad. Note The White Streak Coming Out Of The Middle Of The Storm...A Hail Shaft Has Developed.

Heading South Out Of Hope On Armstrong Road We Turned Back To The East On Rockin R Red Rd (Eddy County Rd #21). And I Snapped This Shot At 2:49 PM MDT. 

Radar Shows A Healthy Storm With Somewhat…

25th Anniversary Of The Carlsbad, NM (May 31, 1991) Tornado Coming Up.

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Blog Updated @ 3:11 PM MDT.

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On May 31, 1991 at 8:39 PM MDT a then rated (F-2 Tornado touched down 2.1 miles southeast of the Carlsbad Airport (as the crow flies) just southwest of the end of Wagonwheel Rd. A day and time that many local residents will never forget. Newspaper articles at the time reported conflicting reports (understandably so) concerning the damage, injuries, and the time of the tornado. To many residents this was a shock...not something that we are used to seeing or dealing with. 
The tornado touched down right at dusk. Cass Hernandez who was the Carlsbad Airport Security Guard at the time observed the tornado 2 miles southeast of the Airport as power flashes occurred from the tornado destroying power lines and transformers. It was eerie looking contrasted with the darkness and power flashes but there was no mistaking what was happening.

The Tornado's path is circled in red on the map above and is a rou…

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