Severe Weather and Flooding Event
March 21-23, 2000
Severe Weather and Flooding affected the West Texas and Southeast New Mexico region. This was an early outbreak of severe weather over our forecast and warning area. Below are some images and links to some of the storm data that occurred with this event.
March 21- 22...
A number of tornadoes were generated during both events. One tornado that struck the community of Wickett (Ward County) was rated an F0. This tornado did some damage in town. Hail to golfball in size was reported with some of the severe thunderstorms March 21 and early March 22nd. Those storms affected an area from north of Pecos (Reeves County) and Mentone (Loving County), to north of Hobbs (Lea County), Seminole (Gaines County), and Lamesa (Dawson County). Rainfall amounts those storms upwards of 2.56" was measured in Seminole (Gaines County), with radar estimates of over 5" east of Seminole. See the rainfall image for March 21-22nd.
March 22 - 23...
This severe storm and flooding event was even busier. This event started during the early afternoon with a severe thunderstorm warning forUpton County. Many of those thunderstorms were obviously of the supercell variety (per our radar and spotter reports), producing an assortment of severe weather. A few tornado touchdowns were noted from this event, with some damage reported in Upton, Glasscock, and Reagan counties. See the Reagan/Glasscock Damage Report below. We also received numerous reports of large hail and damaging winds associated with those severe thunderstorms.
Those storms exhibited a train echoing characteristic (forming and moving over the same location). This produced widespread flooding and flash flooding, covering an area roughly 20 miles either side of a line from north of Bakersfield (Pecos County) to Greenwood (Midland County), to east of Garden City (Glasscock County), to Big Spring (Howard County), and Snyder (Scurry County). Rivers and streams over our eastern and southeastern areas quickly rose to flood stage. Many roads over this area were closed the evening of March 22nd and remained closed through the morning hours.