Severe Weather Events April 29 Through May 2
April 29th & 30th
A NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TEAM SURVEYED DAMAGE FROM A TORNADIC THUNDERSTORM NEAR THE BALLINGER AREA EARLIER TODAY AND FOUND EVIDENCE OF A WEAK TORNADO CIRCULATION ABOUT 4 MILES SOUTHWEST OF BALLINGER. THE TEAM RATED THE TORNADO AS AN EF0 ON THE NEW ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE...WITH WIND SPEEDS OF 65 TO 85 MPH. THE NEARLY HALF MILE WIDE EF0 TORNADO FIRST TOUCHED DOWN ON HIGHWAY 67 ABOUT 4 MILES SOUTHWEST OF BALLINGER AND TRACKED 1.5 MILES SOUTHEAST TOWARD THE BRUCE FIELD AIRPORT. THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TEAM OBSERVED ROOF DAMAGE TO OUTBUILDINGS...A TRACTOR TRAILER WAS OVERTURNED...AND POWER LINES AND POLES WERE KNOCKED DOWN.Here is a loop of radar images showing the April 30th storm as it tracked through Ballinger. The airplane symbol is where Bruce Field is located.(Click to loop, 2 MB file):
The following graphics are of a radar image shortly before the tornado formed...and several pictures of the tornado taken from near Lohn...which is approximately 15 miles north of Brady, and also near the Brady Airport, Curtis Field. Incidentally, these images were taken with cell phone cameras.
Here is the radar image(Click to enlarge, 1 MB file):
Here is an image from Skywarn Storm Spotter Doug Hemphill/K5MNM looking north along FM 2635 as the tornado was beginning to form. (Click to enlarge, approx 20 kb file):
Here is a series of pictures taken by Skywarn Storm Spotter David Huie/K5DGH near the intersection of FM 504 and U.S. Highway 283.(Click to enlarge the images, approx 20-25 kb files):
The next two images of the same storm were taken by Joe Mosier from the Brady Airport, Curtis Field.(Click to enlarge the images, approx 20-25 kb files):
Here is an overview loop of radar showing the May 2nd event.(Click to loop, VERY large 4 MB file):
There have been four confirmed tornadoes with this event. The first confirmed tornado with this event occurred about 13 miles to the west southwest of Sterling City and was a brief touchdown. The second tornado developed near Orient around 1:35 PM. The tornado then tracked another 4 miles to the northeast into southern Coke County and dissipated near Tennyson around 1:46 PM. This tornado was given an EF0 rating. Below is a radar image as the tornado is crossing the Tom Green/Coke County line.
Two other confirmed tornadoes occurred further to the east, both rated EF 1. One track started about 3 miles west of Rockwood in Coleman County. This tornado then moved across the south side of Rockwood (Southern Coleman County) where a few buildings were damaged. The tornado continued east of Rockwood for another 4 miles damaging barns and trees. (Here is a radar image as the tornado is passing Rockwood.)
The other confirmed tornado track found started about 2 miles east northeast of Brookesmith (Southern Brown Country) crossing highway 377 where tree damage was observed and just missing a residence by a few hundred yards. The tornado continued another 4 miles to the east causing tree damage. (Here is a radar image as the tornado is crossing 377 near Brookesmith.)
Investigations continue on other tornado reports from May 2nd and will be updated as time permits.