Strong Winds and Dust Affect the Region (11/27/2005)

Image of winds observed on 11/27/2005.

Image of the highest wind gusts (mph) recorded across the region during the day on November 27, 2005. The above image was created with data from the Texas Tech West Texas Mesonet, as well as from the National Weather Service. County names are also displayed.

VERY STRONG WINDS SWEPT ACROSS THE TEXAS SOUTH PLAINS ON SUNDAY, 
NOVEMBER 27, 2005. THESE STRONG WINDS OCCURRED IN RESPONSE TO A 
LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM THAT DEEPENED WHILE CROSSING THE TEXAS PANHANDLE 
AND NORTHERN OKLAHOMA. WIND GUSTS TO OVER 40 MPH FIRST DEVELOPED 
BETWEEN 3 AND 6 AM AS A PACIFIC COLD FRONT ALONG WITH A FEW LIGHT 
SHOWERS CROSSED THE REGION. 

STRONGER WINDS BEGAN AROUND 9 AM WITH SUSTAINED VELOCITIES INCREASING 
TO OVER 30 MPH AND GUSTS AGAIN EXCEEDING 40 MPH. AREAS OF BLOWING 
DUST WITH VISIBILITIES BETWEEN 3 AND 5 MILES QUICKLY DEVELOPED.

THE STRONGEST WINDS AND THICKEST DUST OCCURRED BETWEEN 10 AM AND 3 
PM ACROSS SOUTHERN COUNTIES OF THE SOUTH PLAINS AND ROLLING PLAINS. 
SUSTAINED WINDS INCREASED TO 35 TO 40 MPH AND GUSTED TO 50 TO 60 
MPH. VISIBILITIES WERE REPORTED BELOW 1 MILE AT TIMES NEAR THE 
LUBBOCK AIRPORT. THE STRONGEST WIND OCCURRED AT TAHOKA AT 1215 PM AS 
GUSTS REACHED 62 MPH. WINDS FINALLY SUBSIDED LATE IN THE AFTERNOON 
AS COOLER AIR SWEPT IN BEHIND THE DEPARTING STORM.

BELOW IS A PICTURE OF THE DUST STORM TAKEN FROM NASA'S AQUA SATELLITE.
(CLICK ON THE IMAGE TO ENLARGE)
Satellite image of dust storm

THE FOLLOWING ARE PEAK WIND GUSTS REPORTED FROM AROUND THE 
REGION. THE FIRST GROUP OF REPORTS ARE FROM THE WEST TEXAS MESONET 
FROM TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY:

ABERNATHY 5NE         53 MPH AT 1123 AM
LAKE ALAN HENRY       57 MPH AT 1250 PM
AMHERST 1NE           53 MPH AT 1115 AM
ANTON 6S              56 MPH AT 1045 AM
ASPERMONT 3NE         52 MPH AT 0105 PM
BROWNFIELD 2S         52 MPH AT 1150 AM
DENVER CITY 7W        55 MPH AT 1120 AM
DIMMITT 2NE           49 MPH AT 1015 AM
FLOYDADA 2NE          55 MPH AT 1100 AM
FLUVANNA 3W           55 MPH AT 0105 PM
FRIONA 2NE            48 MPH AT 0945 AM
GAIL 2SE              53 MPH AT 0130 PM
GRAHAM 5SW            58 MPH AT 1155 AM
GUTHRIE 10W           56 MPH AT 1255 PM
HART 3N               51 MPH AT 1100 AM
JAYTON 1S             49 MPH AT 0250 PM
LUBBOCK 3W TTU        54 MPH AT 0100 PM
LEVELLAND 4S          55 MPH AT 1135 AM
MEMPHIS 1NE           45 MPH AT 1110 AM
MORTON 1NE            54 MPH AT 1210 PM
MULESHOE 2S           51 MPH AT 1035 AM
O'DONNELL 1N          59 MPH AT 1215 PM
OLTON 6S              54 MPH AT 1040 AM
PADUCAH 10SW          52 MPH AT 1140 AM
PLAINS 3N             58 MPH AT 1235 PM
PLAINVIEW 1S          53 MPH AT 1050 AM
POST 1S               55 MPH AT 1150 AM
RALLS 1SE             54 MPH AT 1255 PM
REESE CENTER          56 MPH AT 1250 PM
ROARING SPRINGS 3N    50 MPH AT 0135 PM
SILVERTON 7E          51 MPH AT 1115 AM
SLATON 2NE            54 MPH AT 1140 AM
SPUR 1W               51 MPH AT 0225 PM
SUNDOWN 8SW           56 MPH AT 1055 AM
TAHOKA 3NE            62 MPH AT 1215 PM  
TULIA 2NE             55 MPH AT 1125 AM
WHITE RIVER LAKE 6NW  58 MPH AT 1145 AM
WOLFFORTH 6SW         54 MPH AT 1105 AM

THESE WIND REPORTS ARE FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE:

CHILDRESS AIRPORT     54 MPH AT 1206 PM
LUBBOCK INTL AIRPORT  58 MPH AT 1221 PM

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