Strong Winds and Fires Impact Region
(April 6, 2006)

A STRONG STORM SYSTEM LOCATED ACROSS THE SOUTHERN PLAINS BROUGHT SOME VERY STRONG WINDS TO THE EXTREME SOUTHERN PANHANDLE...SOUTH PLAINS AND ROLLING PLAINS THURSDAY (4/6/2006). AREAS OF BLOWING DUST REDUCED VISIBILITIES TO 1 TO 3 MILES AT MANY LOCATIONS WITH A FEW LOCATIONS ACROSS THE NORTHERN SOUTH PLAINS AND EXTREME SOUTHERN PANHANDLE INDICATING VISIBILITIES AS LOW AS 1/2 OF A MILE. ALSO...THE STRONG WINDS RESULTED IN A SEMI-TRUCK ROLL OVER NEAR ABERNATHY. THE DRIVER WAS NOT INJURED.

IN ADDITION TO THE STRONG WINDS AND DUST, THE EXTREMELY DRY CONDITIONS AIDED IN THE DEVELOPMENT AND SPREAD OF A NUMBER OF FIRES. IN PARTICULAR, A FIRE WAS NOTED IN LYNN COUNTY EARLY IN THE DAY, WITH OTHER FIRES NEAR MULESHOE AND EARTH. UNFORTUNATELY...ONE FIRE NEAR EARTH DID BURN DOWN A HOUSE. THANKFULLY...THE FAMILY IN THE HOME WAS ABLE TO ESCAPE WITHOUT INJURY.

BELOW ARE A FEW GRAPHICS TO HELP SUMMARIZE THE DAY:

Map of peak wind gusts on April 6, 2006

Above is a map of peak wind gusts that occurred around the region on April 6, 2006. The map was composed with data from the National Weather Service and the West Texas Mesonet (at Texas Tech University).

 
Radar image of smoke plumes and dust during the Afternoon of April 6, 2006.
Above is a radar image take around 2 pm on April 6, 2006. The image displays a number of smoke plumes, in addition to a dust plume.
 
Satellite image from early Thursday afternoon (4/6/2006) sensing a number of fires around the region.
Satellite image from Thursday afternoon (4/6/2006) sensing a number of fires around the region.
 
 

BELOW ARE THE STRONGEST WIND GUSTS (IN MPH) REPORTED AT NATIONAL
WEATHER SERVICE OBSERVING SITES IN THE REGION:

* SEVERE WIND GUST

LUBBOCK INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT 56
CHILDRESS AIRPORT 58 *

ALSO...FOLLOWING ARE THE STRONGEST WIND GUSTS AS REPORTED BY THE
TEXAS TECH WEST TEXAS MESONET SITES(IN MPH):

* SEVERE WIND GUST

ABERNATHY 5NE 58 *
AMHERST 1NE 59 *
ANDREWS 2E 52
ANTON 6S 56
ASPERMONT 3NE 51
BROWNFIELD 2S 50
CLARENDON 2W 63 *
DENVER CITY 7W 50
DIMMITT 2NE 62 *
FLOYDADA 2NE 58 *
FLUVANNA 3W 57
FRIONA 2NE 65 *
GAIL 2SE 52
GOODLETT 3W 53
GRAHAM 5SW 66 *
GUTHRIE 10W 56
HART 3N 61 *
HEREFORD 2NW 65 *
JAYTON 1S 53
LAKE ALAN HENRY 1NW 55
LUBBOCK 3W 53
LAMESA 2SE 56
LEVELLAND 4S 55
MCLEAN 1E 70 *
MEMPHIS 1NE 60 *
MORTON 1NE 56
MULESHOE 2S 61 *
O`DONNELL 1N 57
OLTON 6S 60 *
PADUCAH 10SW 57
PAMPA 2E 57
PLAINS 3N 51
PLAINVIEW 1S 58 *
POST 1S 62
RALLS 1SE 54
REESE CENTER 56
ROARING SPRINGS 3N 54
SEAGRAVES 1SW 51
SEMINOLE 2N 49
SILVERTON 7E 64 *
SLATON 2NE 57
SNYDER 3E 54
SPUR 1W 55
SUNDOWN 8SW 48
TAHOKA 3NE 58 *
TULIA 2NE 60 *
WHITE RIVER LAKE 6NW 56
WOLFFORTH 6SW 59 *


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