May 18 - 19, 2010 Severe Weather


From the evening of May 18 through the early morning hours of May 19, 2010 an intense low pressure system and the development of a dry line resulted in numerous severe thunderstorms across the Oklahoma and northern Texas Panhandles. In all, the National Weather Service office in Amarillo had over 70 severe weather reports. This included up to baseball sized hail as well as many tornado reports. There were a total of 14 tornadoes.

 

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This survey data is preliminary and subject to change as more information becomes available.  Road accessibility and inconsistencies between mapping and GPS software may limit the accuracy of the tracks plotted on this map. Line widths are not representative of actual tornado widths.  The information plotted on this map is intended for general reference use only.

For official post-storm information, use Storm Data from the National Climatic Data Center.


 

The first tornado touched down 4 miles south southeast of Hartley at 5:32 p.m. The tornado was on the ground for 1 mile with a maximum width of 50 yards. The tornado dissipated at 5:36 p.m. This tornado was rated an EF-0. No damage or injuries were reported.

The second tornado touched down 8 miles southeast of Hartley at 5:41 p.m. The tornado was on the ground for 1 mile with a maximum width of 100 yards. The tornado dissipated at 5:44 p.m. This tornado was rated an EF-0. No damage or injuries were reported.

The third tornado touched down 11 miles west of Dumas at 555 pm cdt.  The tornado was on the ground for one half mile with a maximum width of 25 yards. The tornado dissipated at 557 p.m. This tornado was rated an EF-0. No damage or injuries were reported.

The fourth tornado touched down 2 miles south southwest of Dumas at 6:28 p.m. The tornado was on the ground for 1 mile with a maximum width of 25 yards. The tornado dissipated at 6:30 p.m. two miles southeast of Dumas. This tornado was rated an EF-0. No damage or injuries were reported.

The fifth tornado touched down 2 miles east of Dumas at 6:42 p.m.  The tornado was on the ground for 1 mile with a maximum width of 200 yards. The tornado dissipated at 6:45 p.m. This tornado was rated an EF-0. No damage or injuries were reported.

The sixth tornado touched down 3 miles south southwest of Pringle, or 6 miles northwest of Stinnett at 7:44 p.m. The tornado was on the ground for 6 miles with a maxiumum width of 300 yards. The tornado moved to the north and dissipated at 8:00 p.m. 3 miles northwest of Pringle. A National Weather Service survey team found significant damage to a farm located on County Road J between County Road 8 and County Road 9. A large portion of the roof was removed from the residence with considerable damage to several small sheds in the vicinity. Numerous trees were stripped with many broken large branches. A pickup behind the residence was flipped upside down with the cab smashed. Several power poles were snapped along County Road J just to the east of the residence with additional damage sustained to a few irragation pivots. A storage bin and large fuel tank were found up to 50 yards to the east northeast of their original locations.  This tornado was rated an EF-2.  One resident was at home at the time but no injuries were reported.

The seventh tornado touched down 15 miles northwest of Guymon at 7:44 p.m. The tornado was on the ground for one half mile with a maximum width of 25 yards. The tornado dissipated at 7:46 p.m.  This tornado was rated an EF-0. No damage or injuries were reported.

The eighth tornado touched down 3 miles east northeast of Ware at 8:52 p.m. The tornado was on the ground for one half mile with a maximum width of 25 yards. The tornado dissipated at 8:53 p.m. This tornado was rated an EF-0. No damage or injuries were reported. 

The ninth tornado touched down 8 miles west of Conlen at 9:30 p.m.  This tornado was on the ground for 4 miles with a maximum width of 25 yards. The tornado dissipated at 9:42 p.m. This tornado was rated an EF-0. No damage or injuries were reported.

The tenth tornado touched down 2 miles west of Stratford at 10:40 p.m. This tornado had a maximum width of 50 yards. The tornado dissipated at 10:43 p.m. This tornado was rated an EF-0. No damage or injuries were reported.

The eleventh tornado touched down 15 miles east of Stratford at 11:27 p.m. The tornado was on the ground for 1 mile with a maximum width of one half mile. The tornado dissipated at 11:31 p.m. This tornado was rated an EF-0. A few irrigation pivots were damaged.

The twelfth tornado touched down 4 miles north northwest of Gruver at 12:12 a.m. The tornado was on the ground for one half mile with a maximum width of 25 yards. The tornado dissipated at 12:14 a.m.  This tornado was rated an EF-0.  No damage or injuries were reported.

The thirteenth tornado touched down 3 miles south southwest of Pringle at 1:56 a.m. approximately one quarter mile southwest of the residence impacted by tornado six. A National Weather Service survey team found a metal barn completely destroyed with the sturdy steel frame found 40 feet north northeast of its original location. Several large tractors suffered significant damage with the cab windows blown out.  One tractor was moved a few feet to the north. This tornado was on the ground for less than one half mile and dissipated at 1:57 a.m. with a maximum width of 100 yards and has been rated an EF-1.  No injuries were reprorted.

The fourteenth tornado touched down 14 miles southwest of Wolf Creek Park in extreme southern Ochiltree County at 3:32 a.m. This tornado was on the ground for 1 mile dissipating 13 miles southwest of Wolf Creek Park at 3:34 a.m. with a maximum width of 50 yards.  This tornado was rated an EF-0.  No damage or injuries were reported.

This is a preliminary report and is subject to revision based on any new or additional information.

The National Weather Service in Amarillo would like to thank national and local media outlets, research meteorologists, emergency managers, local law enforcement, and numerous local spotter networks for timely reports and detailed information.


 
 

Supercell near Highway 54

Tornadic supercell in Dallam County, TX.

Supercell in Dallam County. Photo courtesy of Aaron Graves.

Tornadic supercell in Dallam County. Photo courtesy of Marcus Diaz.

Supercell with wall cloud west of Dumas, TX.

 

Wall cloud west of Dumas. Photo courtesy of Raymond Brady.

 

Preliminary Storm Reports 
 
PRELIMINARY LOCAL STORM REPORT...SUMMARY
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE AMARILLO TX
408 PM CDT THU MAY 20 2010

..TIME... ...EVENT... ...CITY LOCATION... ...LAT.LON...
..DATE... ....MAG.... ..COUNTY LOCATION..ST.. ...SOURCE....
..REMARKS..

0509 PM HAIL 2 SW HARTLEY 35.87N 102.42W
05/18/2010 E1.00 INCH HARTLEY TX TRAINED SPOTTER

0513 PM HAIL HARTLEY 35.89N 102.40W
05/18/2010 E0.88 INCH HARTLEY TX FIRE DEPT/RESCUE

0522 PM HAIL 3 W HARTLEY 35.89N 102.45W
05/18/2010 E1.00 INCH HARTLEY TX FIRE DEPT/RESCUE

FM 998 AND COUNTY ROAD O

0523 PM HAIL 3 E HARTLEY 35.89N 102.34W
05/18/2010 M1.75 INCH HARTLEY TX BROADCAST MEDIA

QUARTER TO GOLFBALL SIZE HAIL FALLING

0531 PM HAIL 8 E HARTLEY 35.89N 102.25W
05/18/2010 E1.75 INCH HARTLEY TX TRAINED SPOTTER

REPORTED BY VORTEX 2

0532 PM TORNADO 4 SSE HARTLEY 35.83N 102.37W
05/18/2010 HARTLEY TX NWS EMPLOYEE

OFF DUTY NWS EMPLOYEE REPORTED A BRIEF TORNADO
TOUCHDOWN SEVERAL MILES NNW OF CHANNING.

0538 PM HAIL 4 SE HARTLEY 35.84N 102.35W
05/18/2010 M2.75 INCH HARTLEY TX BROADCAST MEDIA

0540 PM HAIL 4 ESE HARTLEY 35.87N 102.33W
05/18/2010 M2.50 INCH HARTLEY TX CO-OP OBSERVER

0541 PM HAIL 3 SE HARTLEY 35.85N 102.36W
05/18/2010 E2.75 INCH HARTLEY TX AMATEUR RADIO

0541 PM TORNADO 8 ESE HARTLEY 35.84N 102.27W
05/18/2010 HARTLEY TX STORM CHASER

VORTEX2 REPORT

0543 PM HAIL 6 E HARTLEY 35.89N 102.29W
05/18/2010 E2.75 INCH HARTLEY TX TRAINED SPOTTER

REPORTED BY VORTEX 2

0554 PM HAIL 11 WNW DUMAS 35.89N 102.15W
05/18/2010 M1.75 INCH MOORE TX EMERGENCY MNGR

0555 PM TORNADO 11 W DUMAS 35.85N 102.17W
05/18/2010 HARTLEY TX STORM CHASER

0606 PM HAIL 10 W DUMAS 35.86N 102.14W
05/18/2010 M2.50 INCH MOORE TX TRAINED SPOTTER

0616 PM HAIL 3 NW DUMAS 35.89N 102.00W
05/18/2010 E1.75 INCH MOORE TX TRAINED SPOTTER

0627 PM HAIL 2 NW DUMAS 35.88N 101.99W
05/18/2010 E2.75 INCH MOORE TX PUBLIC

0628 PM TORNADO 2 SSW DUMAS 35.84N 101.98W
05/18/2010 MOORE TX TRAINED SPOTTER

TORNADO PASSED JUST SOUTH OF DUMAS. REPORTED BY VORTEX2
AND STORM CHASERS.

0628 PM TSTM WND GST 3 W DUMAS 35.86N 102.01W
05/18/2010 M67 MPH MOORE TX AWOS

0631 PM HAIL 1 N DUMAS 35.88N 101.97W
05/18/2010 E1.50 INCH MOORE TX PUBLIC

0634 PM HAIL 1 NE DUMAS 35.87N 101.95W
05/18/2010 E1.75 INCH MOORE TX PUBLIC

0634 PM HAIL DUMAS 35.86N 101.97W
05/18/2010 E2.00 INCH MOORE TX TRAINED SPOTTER

VORTEX 2 REPORT.

0636 PM HAIL 1 W DUMAS 35.86N 101.98W
05/18/2010 E1.75 INCH MOORE TX PUBLIC

0638 PM HAIL 1 NE DUMAS 35.87N 101.95W
05/18/2010 E1.50 INCH MOORE TX PUBLIC

0642 PM TORNADO 2 E DUMAS 35.86N 101.93W
05/18/2010 MOORE TX TRAINED SPOTTER

REPORTED BY VORTEX2 AND STORM CHASERS.

0659 PM HAIL 3 NE DUMAS 35.89N 101.93W
05/18/2010 E1.25 INCH MOORE TX PUBLIC

0708 PM HAIL 15 E DUMAS 35.86N 101.70W
05/18/2010 M2.00 INCH MOORE TX TRAINED SPOTTER

0718 PM HAIL 11 NW STINNETT 35.93N 101.58W
05/18/2010 M2.75 INCH HUTCHINSON TX TRAINED SPOTTER

0730 PM HAIL 11 W STINNETT 35.82N 101.64W
05/18/2010 E1.00 INCH MOORE TX PUBLIC

0730 PM HAIL 19 E DUMAS 35.86N 101.63W
05/18/2010 M1.00 INCH MOORE TX AMATEUR RADIO

0733 PM HAIL 4 W PRINGLE 35.95N 101.53W
05/18/2010 E0.88 INCH HUTCHINSON TX TRAINED SPOTTER

0737 PM HAIL 9 NW STINNETT 35.91N 101.56W
05/18/2010 M1.75 INCH HUTCHINSON TX TRAINED SPOTTER

0740 PM HAIL 3 SSW PRINGLE 35.91N 101.48W
05/18/2010 E1.75 INCH HUTCHINSON TX PUBLIC

0741 PM HAIL 5 N STINNETT 35.89N 101.44W
05/18/2010 M0.88 INCH HUTCHINSON TX AMATEUR RADIO

0744 PM TORNADO 3 SSW PRINGLE 35.91N 101.48W
05/18/2010 HUTCHINSON TX NWS STORM SURVEY

TORNADO REMAINED ON THE GROUND FOR APPROXIMATELY 6
MILES TO THE NORTHWEST OF STINNETT. REPORTED BY VORTEX2
AND SEVERAL SPOTTERS AND CHASERS. CONSIDERABLE DAMAGE
WAS FOUND TO A RESIDENCE ON CR J BETWEEN CR 8 AND CR 9
NEAR WHERE THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN. THIS TORNADO HAS
BEEN RATED AS EF2.

0744 PM TORNADO 15 NW GUYMON 36.84N 101.67W
05/18/2010 TEXAS OK EMERGENCY MNGR

2 BRIEF TOUCHDOWNS.

0756 PM HAIL 8 N STINNETT 35.94N 101.44W
05/18/2010 M2.75 INCH HUTCHINSON TX BROADCAST MEDIA

0800 PM HAIL 9 N STINNETT 35.95N 101.44W
05/18/2010 E2.00 INCH HUTCHINSON TX TRAINED SPOTTER

0803 PM HAIL 5 N STINNETT 35.89N 101.44W
05/18/2010 E1.75 INCH HUTCHINSON TX PUBLIC

HAIL IS 6 INCHES DEEP.

0805 PM HAIL 6 N STINNETT 35.91N 101.44W
05/18/2010 E2.75 INCH HUTCHINSON TX PUBLIC

ALL WINDOWS IN HOUSE BROKEN. WINDOWS ON VEHICLES
BROKEN.

0808 PM HAIL 13 W WARE 36.15N 102.95W
05/18/2010 E1.00 INCH DALLAM TX PUBLIC

0812 PM HAIL 3 W PRINGLE 35.95N 101.51W
05/18/2010 E1.00 INCH HUTCHINSON TX PUBLIC

0835 PM HAIL 3 NW WARE 36.22N 102.75W
05/18/2010 E1.75 INCH DALLAM TX TRAINED SPOTTER

QUARTER TO GOLF BALL SIZE HAIL.

0835 PM HAIL 9 NNE STINNETT 35.94N 101.38W
05/18/2010 E1.75 INCH HUTCHINSON TX PUBLIC

LARGE WHEAT CROP BEATEN DOWN.

0840 PM HAIL 3 NW WARE 36.21N 102.75W
05/18/2010 E1.75 INCH DALLAM TX PUBLIC

0842 PM HAIL 20 SW GRUVER 36.05N 101.66W
05/18/2010 E0.75 INCH SHERMAN TX TRAINED SPOTTER

0847 PM HAIL WARE 36.18N 102.71W
05/18/2010 M1.00 INCH DALLAM TX TRAINED SPOTTER

0852 PM TORNADO 3 ENE WARE 36.20N 102.65W
05/18/2010 DALLAM TX LAW ENFORCEMENT

BRIEF TOUCHDOWN

0900 PM HAIL 11 NW MORSE 36.15N 101.63W
05/18/2010 E1.00 INCH SHERMAN TX TRAINED SPOTTER

0930 PM TORNADO 8 W CONLEN 36.26N 102.37W
05/18/2010 DALLAM TX TRAINED SPOTTER

SEVERAL BRIEF TOUCHDOWNS OBSERVED BASED ON MULTIPLE
REPORTS

0931 PM HAIL 19 NW MIAMI 35.89N 100.88W
05/18/2010 E1.75 INCH ROBERTS TX TRAINED SPOTTER

VORTEX2 PROBE

0952 PM TSTM WND GST 26 NW MIAMI 35.96N 100.97W
05/18/2010 M69 MPH ROBERTS TX AWOS

1012 PM TSTM WND GST 19 NW MIAMI 35.89N 100.88W
05/18/2010 M70 MPH ROBERTS TX STORM CHASER

1040 PM TORNADO 2 W STRATFORD 36.34N 102.11W
05/18/2010 SHERMAN TX TRAINED SPOTTER

3 BRIEF TORNADO TOUCHDOWNS WEST OF STRATFORD

1047 PM HAIL 1 N STRATFORD 36.35N 102.07W
05/18/2010 E1.50 INCH SHERMAN TX PUBLIC

1053 PM HAIL CANADIAN 35.91N 100.38W
05/18/2010 E1.25 INCH HEMPHILL TX AMATEUR RADIO

1102 PM HAIL CANADIAN 35.91N 100.38W
05/18/2010 E2.00 INCH HEMPHILL TX AMATEUR RADIO

1111 PM HAIL 1 E CANADIAN 35.91N 100.37W
05/18/2010 M2.00 INCH HEMPHILL TX TRAINED SPOTTER

1127 PM TORNADO 15 E STRATFORD 36.34N 101.80W
05/18/2010 SHERMAN TX TRAINED SPOTTER

IRRIGATION PIVOTS DAMAGED BY LARGE TORNADO

1150 PM HAIL 2 NNE CANADIAN 35.94N 100.37W
05/18/2010 E1.75 INCH HEMPHILL TX PUBLIC

1212 AM TORNADO 4 NNW GRUVER 36.31N 101.44W
05/19/2010 HANSFORD TX STORM CHASER

BRIEF TOUCHDOWN. RELAYED THROUGH SPOTTER NETWORK

1240 AM HAIL 12 NNE GRUVER 36.42N 101.33W
05/19/2010 E1.75 INCH HANSFORD TX PUBLIC

0110 AM HAIL DUMAS 35.86N 101.97W
05/19/2010 E1.25 INCH MOORE TX LAW ENFORCEMENT

0113 AM HAIL DUMAS 35.86N 101.97W
05/19/2010 E1.75 INCH MOORE TX TRAINED SPOTTER

0116 AM HAIL 1 N DUMAS 35.88N 101.97W
05/19/2010 E1.50 INCH MOORE TX STORM CHASER

RELAYED THROUGH SPOTTER NETWORK

0156 AM TORNADO 4 SSW PRINGLE 35.90N 101.49W
05/19/2010 HUTCHINSON TX NWS STORM SURVEY

BARN WAS DESTROYED WITH SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE TO SEVERAL
TRACTORS. TORNADO WAS ONLY ONE QUARTER OF A MILE FROM
DAMAGE SUSTAINED EARLIER IN THE EVENING BY PREVIOUS
TORNADO. TORNADO HAS BEEN RATED EF1.

0320 AM HAIL HIGGINS 36.12N 100.03W
05/19/2010 E1.75 INCH LIPSCOMB TX TRAINED SPOTTER

0326 AM HAIL 1 S HIGGINS 36.11N 100.03W
05/19/2010 E1.00 INCH LIPSCOMB TX TRAINED SPOTTER

0330 AM HAIL 13 SE SPEARMAN 36.06N 101.03W
05/19/2010 E1.75 INCH OCHILTREE TX PUBLIC

0332 AM TORNADO 14 SW WOLF CREEK PARK 36.07N 100.82W
05/19/2010 OCHILTREE TX STORM CHASER

TORNADO MADE SEVERAL BRIEF TOUCHDOWNS IN EXTREME
SOUTHERN OCHILTREE COUNTY.

0400 AM HAIL WOLF CREEK PARK 36.21N 100.65W
05/19/2010 E0.75 INCH OCHILTREE TX TRAINED SPOTTER


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