During the evening hours between 645 PM CDT and 945 PM CDT on Easter Sunday (3/31/2013), several severe thunderstorms containing very large hail developed and moved southeast across the Brush Country of South Texas. Large hail ranged in size between nickel size and softball size. The community of Benavides was the hardest hit due to softball size hail impacting this area. The hailstorm moved into Benavides from the northwest just before 830 PM CDT and exited the area around 25 minutes later. This storm reached 62 thousand feet into the atmosphere! The softball size hail in Benavides caused damage to nearly every home and business in town. Significant damage to windows, doors, roofs and siding were quite common in the northeast side of Benavides. Damage to cars in the form of broken windshields and severe dents were also common in Benavides. One person in Benavides suffered a head injury due to the softball size hail.
|Benavides Hail Damage (NWS Storm Survey Photos)|
Earlier between approximately 750 PM and 810 PM CDT, the same hailstorm moved through Freer and dropped baseball size hail. Several buildings in Freer had broken windows from the baseball size hail. Also, many cars in Freer had dents reported after the storm blew through the area. Approximately ten minutes earlier, the same storm dropped baseball size hail in the community of Seven Sisters. Broken windows occurred with several buildings in Seven Sisters as a result.
Other severe thunderstorms affected communities as far north as Fowlerton and as far east as Alice. These thunderstorms produced nickel to golfball size hail. Minor damage was reported with these storms. These severe thunderstorms were triggered by an approaching upper level disturbance and the interaction between the sea breeze and a southward-moving outflow boundary (which was triggered from prior thunderstorms in the Hill Country where a cold front was located). The airmass across the Brush Country was very unstable and there was strong wind shear present. All of these factors aided in the development of large hail to develop across South Texas.
PRELIMINARY LOCAL STORM REPORT...SUMMARY NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CORPUS CHRISTI TX 558 PM CDT MON APR 01 2013 ..TIME... ...EVENT... ...CITY LOCATION... ...LAT.LON... ..DATE... ....MAG.... ..COUNTY LOCATION..ST.. ...SOURCE.... ..REMARKS.. 0715 PM HAIL FOWLERTON 28.45N 98.82W 03/31/2013 M1.75 INCH LA SALLE TX CO-OP OBSERVER GOLF BALL SIZED HAIL. TIME ESTIMATED FROM RADAR AND COOP OBSERVER 0730 PM HAIL LOMA ALTA 28.09N 98.52W 03/31/2013 E0.88 INCH MCMULLEN TX CO-OP OBSERVER ESTIMATED DIME AND NICKLE SIZED HAIL. TIME ESTIMATED FROM RADAR AND COOP OBSERVER. 0733 PM TSTM WND GST 16 NW LOMA ALTA 28.23N 98.72W 03/31/2013 M51.00 MPH MCMULLEN TX ASOS AT SITE KMNT. 0750 PM HAIL 5 W SEVEN SISTERS 28.04N 98.60W 03/31/2013 E2.75 INCH DUVAL TX NWS STORM SURVEY BROKEN WINDOWS OBSERVED TO BUILDINGS NEAR HIGHWAY 16. 0755 PM HAIL 7 NE FREER 27.95N 98.54W 03/31/2013 E2.75 INCH DUVAL TX PUBLIC BASEBALL SIZE HAIL BROKE WINDOWS ON RANCH HOME. 0800 PM HAIL 6 NW LOMA ALTA 28.15N 98.59W 03/31/2013 E1.75 INCH MCMULLEN TX NWS STORM SURVEY DENTED ROAD SIGNS FROM HAIL ALONG HIGHWAY 16. 0800 PM HAIL 6 NNW LAKE ALICE 27.89N 98.09W 03/31/2013 M1.00 INCH JIM WELLS TX PUBLIC 0801 PM HAIL 1 NE FREER 27.89N 98.61W 03/31/2013 E2.75 INCH DUVAL TX NWS STORM SURVEY NWS SURVEY COMBINED WITH FIRE CHIEF REPORTS INDICATES THAT GOLF BALL SIZED HAIL FELL IN NORTHEAST FREER CAUSING DENTS IN MOTOR VEHICLES...INCLUDING A NEW/USED VEHICLE LOT. A FEW BASEBALL SIZED HAIL STONES WERE OBSERVED AND BROKE A FEW WINDOWS IN NORTH FACING BUILDINGS. 0817 PM HAIL 1 NW ALICE 27.77N 98.08W 03/31/2013 E1.75 INCH JIM WELLS TX NWS STORM SURVEY QUARTER TO GOLFBALL SIZED HAIL REPORT IN AND JUST NORTH OF ALICE. 0836 PM HAIL BENAVIDES 27.60N 98.41W 03/31/2013 E4.25 INCH DUVAL TX NWS STORM SURVEY *** 1 INJ *** NWS STORM SURVEY CONCLUDED THAT BASEBALL TO SOFTBALL SIZED FELL ACROSS BENAVIDES CAUSING DAMAGE TO NEARLY EVERY HOME AND BUSINESS IN THE TOWN. DAMAGE INCLUDED BROKEN WINDOWS...DOORS...ROOFS AND SIDING AND WAS CONFINED PRIMARILY TO THE NORTH AND EAST SIDE OF STRUCTURES. VEHICLES WERE ALSO SEVERELY DENTED WITH LARGE HOLES IN WINDSHIELDS OR COMPLETELY BROKEN OUT. ONE PERSON SUFFERED A HEAD INJURY. 0836 PM HAIL 2 W BENAVIDES 27.60N 98.44W 03/31/2013 E4.00 INCH DUVAL TX TRAINED SPOTTER HAIL BUSTED WINDOWS OF VEHICLES AND DESTROYED SOLAR PANELS. 0910 PM HAIL 3 SE CONCEPCION 27.35N 98.23W 03/31/2013 E0.50 INCH JIM WELLS TX PUBLIC