2010 Retrospective
The Weather Events That Shaped the Year

  

Snowstorms, tornadoes, and a tropical storm made for an exciting weather year.
The cover story in the most recent
Texas Thunderbolt has a complete rundown of the events that shaped 2010.
The following is a brief visual summary with links to related webpages.

 


 

 

Numerous snow events occurred during the winter of 2009-2010, most notably the event of February 11-12 during which Dallas/ Fort Worth broke its all-time 24-hour snowfall total.  The 12.5 inches at DFW Airport broke the previous record of 12.1 inches set at Greater Southwest January 15-16, 1964.

Dallas/Fort Worth
Greatest 24-Hour Snowfall Totals
Rank Snowfall Date
1 12.5 Feb 11-12, 2010
2 12.1 Jan 15-16, 1964
3 8.2 Jan 14-15, 1917
4
(tie)
7.5 Feb 17, 1978
7.5 Feb 25, 1924
6 6.0 Mar 13, 1924
7 5.5 Dec 9, 1898
8
(tie)
5.0 Nov 22, 1937
5.0 Jan 5, 1910
10 4.7 Nov 13, 1976

 

The maximum recorded during the event was near Haslet, where 14.4 inches was measured.

February 11-12, 2010 - Heavy Snow Event

 February 11-12, 2010 - Snowfall Totals

 

2009-2010 Seasonal Snowfall Totals 

2009-2010 Seaonal Snowfall Totals

 

 

Dallas/Fort Worth
Snowiest Seaons
Rank Snowfall Season
1 17.6 1977-78
2 17.1 2009-10
3 15.3 1963-64
4 13.5 1923-24
5 10.4 1976-77
6 9.5 1909-10
7 9.2 1916-17
8 8.8 1947-48
9 8.1 1937-38
10
(tie)
7.3 1965-66
7.3 1941-42

  

 

 

 


 

Tropical Storm Hermine brought a deluge to the I-35 corridor September 7-8.  A life was lost due to flooding in Bell County where many locations received over 11 inches from the event.  There will also significant impacts in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.  A flood-related death occurred in Johnson County, and over 10 inches of rain fell in south Arlington, resulting in high-water rescues.

Tropical Hermine - Storm Total Precipitation

 Tropical Storm Hermine Rainfall Totals

 

Although only 5.75" fell at DFW Airport during the event, this is one of the highest 24-hour precipitation totals on record for the official Dallas/Fort Worth climate site.

 

Dallas/Fort Worth
Greatest 24-Hour Precipitation Totals
Rank Precipitation Date
1 9.57 Sep 4-5, 1932
2 8.81 Apr 24-25, 1922
3 7.44 Sep 20-21, 1900
4 6.99 May 23-24, 1908
5 6.03 May 16-17, 1949
6 5.91 Sep 30-Oct 1, 1959
7 5.85 Sep 3-4, 1943
8 5.75 Sep 7-8, 2010
9 5.40 Aug 17-18, 1915
10 5.34 May 16-17, 1989

 

Dallas Tornado - Tropical Storm Hermine

Dallas Tornado (as seen from Irving Blvd.)

 

After the heavy rain tapered off, tornadic storms developed across North Central Texas.  The above tornado was rated EF-2 after causing damage near Dallas Love Field.

Hermine Tornado Tracks 

Tropical Storm Hermine Tornado Tracks

 


 

One of the most prolific severe weather events of the year occurred on October 24.  A strong EF-2 tornado damaged multiple homes near the town of Rice in Navarro County.

Rice Tornado - Reflectivity Loop

 Rice Tornado - Reflectivity Loop

 

 


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