Strong Winds Blow Again
(April 15, 2006)

 

UNUSUALLY HOT, DRY, AND WINDY CONDITIONS OCCURRED ON THE TEXAS SOUTH PLAINS ON APRIL 15, 2006, AS A VIGOROUS LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM WOUND OUT OF THE ROCKIES INTO THE CENTRAL GREAT PLAINS. RECORD HEAT BAKED BOTH CHILDRESS WITH 97 DEGREES AND LUBBOCK 92 DEGREES, WHILE EVEN HOTTER TEMPERATURES BAKED ASPERMONT AT 100 DEGREES. THIS MARKED THE FOURTH CONSECUTIVE DAY OF SUMMER-LIKE TEMPERATURES OVER THE REGION.

STRONG WEST WINDS OF 45 TO 55 MPH WERE COMMON, BROWNFIELD AT 60 MPH AND SLATON 59 MPH WERE STRONGEST IN THE REGION. BLOWING DUST LOWERED VISIBILITIES TO AS LOW AS ONE MILE IN A FEW PLACES LATE THIS MORNING AND EARLY THIS AFTERNOON. IN ADDITION, RELATIVE HUMIDITY LEVELS BOTTOMED OUT AT EXCEPTIONALLY LOW LEVELS, FROM 3 TO 5 PERCENT OVER MOST OF THE REGION. POST WAS LOWEST WITH 2 PERCENT RELATIVE HUMIDITY REPORTED.

UNFORTUNATELY, THE COMBINATION OF STRONG WINDS AND VERY DRY AIR AIDED IN THE DEVELOPMENT AND SPREAD OF A WILDFIRE NEAR LEVELLAND. THE WILDFIRE, IGNITED BY A DOWNED POWER LINE (LIKELY FROM THE HIGH WINDS) STARTED AROUND 10:30 AM JUST WEST OF LEVELLAND. THREE HOURS LATER, AFTER CONSUMING AN OLD TRAVEL TRAILER, AND THREATENING SEVERAL HOMES, THE FIRE WAS EXTINGUISHED. FORTUNATELY, NO SERIOUS INJURIES WERE REPORTED.

A SIMILIAR SUCH WILDFIRE ALSO FORCED THE EVACUATION OF 100 RESIDENTS, AND DESTROYED TWO HOMES IN AMARILLO.

ADDITIONALLY, A HOUSE NEAR BUFFALO SPRINGS LAKE BURNED. IT IS SPECULATED THAT THE STRONG WIND KNOCKED OVER A SMOKER, THUS STARTING THE FIRE. UNFORTUNATELY, THE HOUSE WAS A TOTAL LOSS, ALTHOUGH NO ONE WAS INJURIED.

BELOW IS A MAP DISPLAYING THE HIGHEST WIND GUSTS RECORDED AROUND THE REGION ON APRIL 15, 2006.

Image of maximum surface wind gusts (mph) observed across West Texas on April 15, 2006.

Above is a map of peak wind gusts that occurred around the region on April 15, 2006. The map was composed with data from the National Weather Service and the West Texas Mesonet (at Texas Tech University).

 
 

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

LUBBOCK INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT 52
CHILDRESS AIRPORT 48

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

* SEVERE WIND GUST

ABERNATHY 5NE 50 MPH
AMHERST 1NE 48 MPH
ANDREWS 2E 46 MPH
ANTON 6S 49 MPH
ASPERMONT 3NE 46 MPH
BROWNFIELD 2S 60 MPH *
CLARENDON 2W 53 MPH
DENVER CITY 7W 55 MPH
DIMMITT 2NE 53 MPH
FLOYDADA 2NE 47 MPH
FLUVANNA 3W 44 MPH
FRIONA 2NE 52 MPH
GAIL 2SE 45 MPH
GOODLETT 3W 55 MPH
GRAHAM 5SW 55 MPH
GUTHRIE 10W 48 MPH
HART 3N 48 MPH
HEREFORD 2NW 55 MPH
JAYTON 1S 45 MPH
LK ALAN HENRY 1NW 46 MPH
LUBBOCK 3W 44 MPH
LAMESA 44 MPH
LEVELLAND 4S 51 MPH
MCLEAN 1E 52 MPH
MEMPHIS 1NE 46 MPH
MORTON 1NE 47 MPH
MULESHOE 2S 45 MPH
O`DONNELL 1N 50 MPH
OLTON 6S 47 MPH
PADUCAH 10SW 52 MPH
PAMPA 2E 54 MPH
PLAINS 3N 51 MPH
PLAINVIEW 1S 46 MPH
POST 1S 52 MPH
RALLS 1SE 53 MPH
REESE CENTER 53 MPH
ROARING SPRINGS 3N 51 MPH
SEAGRAVES 1SW 51 MPH
SEMINOLE 2N 46 MPH
SILVERTON 7E 55 MPH
SLATON 2NE 59 MPH *
SNYDER 3E 43 MPH
SPUR 1W 46 MPH
SUNDOWN 8SW 49 MPH
TAHOKA 3NE 53 MPH
TULIA 2NE 53 MPH
WHITE RIVER LK 6NW 51 MPH
WOLFFORTH 6SW 51 MPH

 

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