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Artesia - Cottonwood, NM LP Supercell Chase Video & Photos May 24, 2022.

May 24, 2022.
LP Supercell Thunderstorm.
12 Miles NW Of Artesia, NM.
On Eddy/Chaves County Line.
Pearson Rd - Looking Northwest.

GR2Analysist 3 Radar Snapshot.

At 12:43 PM MDT.
The Storm Is 7 Miles Northwest Of Me.
Storm Movement Was To The Southeast.


A small but robust thunderstorm developed along the east slopes of the Sacramento Mountains north of the Flying H Ranch Tuesday afternoon, May 24, 2022. As it began to move east it quickly became a Low Precipitation (LP) Supercell. On radar, it was unimpressive as these types of thunderstorms sometimes are. Radar in this case underestimated the size of the hail. The max hail size depicted on the GR2Analysist 3 downloads at that time was on 1.3" in diameter. Counterclockwise rotation is clearly visible in the time-lapse beginning portion of this video. These types of thunderstorms often produce large to very large hail. This one was really dry and produced very little rain. It did lay down quarter to golf ball size hail beginning at 1:29 PM MDT and ending at 1:35 PM MDT from Pearson Rd northeast to Jackson Rd along and north of the Eddy/Chaves County line north of Artesia, NM. A friend of mine shared a video on Social Media of a vehicle on Hwy 285 just south of the intersection of Jackson Rd getting their windshield broken by the hail. I measured several golf ball stones in this area. Some leaves were stripped off the elm trees in the area. At 3:06 PM MDT I got slammed by a haboob on Funk Rd northwest of Artesia. I measured a north wind sustained at 47 mph with gusts to 60 mph with my Vortex anemometer on the cab of my pickup. Blowing dust completely obscured the sky and dropped the visibility at times down to 1/16th of a mile. The Artesia Airport AWOS reported a north wind sustained at 40 mph with a peak gust of 61 mph with the visibility down to half of a mile at 3:15 PM MDT.

At 3:56 PM MDT the Carlsbad Airport ASOS reported a peak wind gust from the north of 67 mph as the haboob moved into town from Artesia. The visibility dropped down to 1/2 of a mile but was reported to be lower across town.

My Photos Of The Hail & Leaf Damage.

1:40 PM MDT.
Quarter To Golf Ball Size Hail.
Junction Of Jackson Rd & US Hwy 285.
Just Inside Chaves County North Of Artesia.

1:46 PM MDT.
Quarter To Golf Ball Size Hail.
Junction Of Jackson Rd & US Hwy 285.
Just Inside Chaves County North Of Artesia.


1:47 PM MDT.
Quarter To Golf Ball Size Hail.
Junction Of Jackson Rd & US Hwy 285.
Just Inside Chaves County North Of Artesia.

1:47 PM MDT.
Quarter To Golf Ball Size Hail.
Cumulonimbus Mammatus Clouds.
Junction Of Jackson Rd & US Hwy 285.
Just Inside Chaves County North Of Artesia.

1:40 PM MDT.
Quarter To Golf Ball Size Hail.
Junction Of Jackson Rd & US Hwy 285.
Just Inside Chaves County North Of Artesia.

1:59 PM MDT.
Golf Ball Size Hail.
Waldrip Rd 10 Miles Northwest Of Artesia.
Just Inside Eddy County North Of Artesia.

2:15 PM MDT.
Golf Ball Size Hail.
US Hwy 285 Near Jackson Rd.
Just Inside Chaves County North Of Artesia.

GR2Analysist 3 Radar Snapshots.

1:15 PM MDT.

1:15 PM MDT.



2:34 PM MDT.
Looking To The East.
From Franco Rd 4 Miles Northwest Of Artesia.
Dry Microburst & Cumulonimbus Mammatus Clouds


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