Storm Events Database

Event Details

Event Hail
Magnitude 1.75 in.
State TEXAS
County/Area CROSBY
WFO LUB
Report Source Trained Spotter
NCDC Data Source CSV
Begin Date 2009-04-16 17:18:00.0 CST-6
Begin Location 0N LORENZO
Begin Lat/Lon 33.67/-101.53
End Date 2009-04-16 17:18:00.0 CST-6
Deaths Direct/Indirect 0/0 (fatality details below, when available...)
Injuries Direct/Indirect 0/0
Property Damage 0.00K
Crop Damage 0.00K
Episode Narrative A severe weather outbreak occurred over west Texas during the afternoon and evening hours of the 16th and resulted in significant public impacts. Despite the occurrence of thirteen tornadoes across the South Plains region, most of the damage resulted from destructive hail and heavy rainfall.
Thunderstorms first developed over the northern South Plains around 13:00 CST. These early afternoon storms initiated as supercells, but transitioned into a small-scale convective complex that produced extensive amounts of large hail and heavy rainfall. As the storms trained over the Interstate 27 corridor in Swisher County, a significant hail accumulation and flood event resulted in some 50 vehicles becoming stalled and a prolonged closure of the highway through the overnight hours.
Additional storms developed during the mid to late afternoon hours over the central South Plains. Two supercell thunderstorms impacted Lubbock County. One of these storms produced a destructive hail swath through the city of Lubbock damaging some 3,000 homes and more than 1,100 vehicles totaling an estimated $40 million in damages. Meanwhile a second supercell storm over eastern Lubbock County produced a family of weak tornadoes along U.S. Highway 82 east of Idalou.
Other supercell storms impacted portions of Garza and Kent Counties during the late afternoon and early evening hours. These storms additionally produced damaging hail and brief tornadoes.
By late evening, storm modes transitioned toward broken convective complexes and multicell structures. An unstable low-level environment, however, continued to be characterized by an increasingly enhanced veering of the wind fields. Thus, despite a transition toward less discrete storm cells, the threat for tornadoes remained. Multiple small scale low-level circulations developed within the evolving convective complexes, and these circulations proved to be tornadic. An EF-1 tornado damaged five structures and downed power poles as it tracked nearly eight miles across northwestern Lubbock County and southwestern Hale County around 20:00 CST. Two additional EF-1 tornadoes impacted the Abernathy (Hale County) and Roosevelt (Lubbock County) areas through the 21:00 CST hour. Meanwhile, similar tornadic circulations developed within other storm complexes over portions of Dickens, Kent, and King Counties. Multiple reports of tornadoes were received from rural areas around the Spur, Girard, and Guthrie vicinities but no damages resulted.
In all, an estimated $41.3 million in damages and three injuries resulted from severe weather across the South Plains region of west Texas on the 16th.
Event Narrative Skywarn storm spotters reported that golfball size hail covered the ground in Lorenzo.


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All events for this episode:

Location County/Zone St. Date Time T.Z. Type Mag Dth Inj PrD CrD
Totals: 0 3 41.372M 0.00K
KRESS SWISHER CO. TX 04/16/2009 12:50 CST-6 Flood 0 0 500.00K 0.00K
KRESS SWISHER CO. TX 04/16/2009 13:00 CST-6 Hail 1.25 in. 0 0 500.00K 0.00K
AMHERST LAMB CO. TX 04/16/2009 14:35 CST-6 Hail 1.00 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
WILSON LYNN CO. TX 04/16/2009 14:35 CST-6 Hail 0.88 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
KRESS SWISHER CO. TX 04/16/2009 14:44 CST-6 Tornado EF0 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
BROADVIEW LUBBOCK CO. TX 04/16/2009 14:45 CST-6 Hail 1.00 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
HART CASTRO CO. TX 04/16/2009 15:14 CST-6 Hail 0.88 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
SLIDE LUBBOCK CO. TX 04/16/2009 15:17 CST-6 Hail 1.75 in. 0 0 5.000M 0.00K
DOUD LUBBOCK CO. TX 04/16/2009 15:39 CST-6 Hail 2.00 in. 0 0 15.000M 0.00K
DOUD LUBBOCK CO. TX 04/16/2009 15:40 CST-6 Hail 2.50 in. 0 3 20.000M 0.00K
EDMONSON HALE CO. TX 04/16/2009 16:00 CST-6 Hail 0.75 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
ACUFF LUBBOCK CO. TX 04/16/2009 16:02 CST-6 Tornado EF0 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
IDALOU LUBBOCK CO. TX 04/16/2009 16:03 CST-6 Tornado EF0 0 0 1.00K 0.00K
LUBBOCK LUBBOCK CO. TX 04/16/2009 16:15 CST-6 Heavy Rain 0 0 15.00K 0.00K
POST GARZA CO. TX 04/16/2009 16:18 CST-6 Hail 1.00 in. 0 0 50.00K 0.00K
POST GARZA CO. TX 04/16/2009 16:20 CST-6 Heavy Rain 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
EDMONSON HALE CO. TX 04/16/2009 16:35 CST-6 Heavy Rain 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
FLOYDADA FLOYD CO. TX 04/16/2009 17:02 CST-6 Hail 1.00 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
JUSTICEBURG GARZA CO. TX 04/16/2009 17:05 CST-6 Hail 1.50 in. 0 0 20.00K 0.00K
JUSTICEBURG GARZA CO. TX 04/16/2009 17:15 CST-6 Hail 2.50 in. 0 0 25.00K 0.00K
LORENZO CROSBY CO. TX 04/16/2009 17:18 CST-6 Hail 1.75 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
POST GARZA CO. TX 04/16/2009 17:20 CST-6 Hail 1.50 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
JUSTICEBURG GARZA CO. TX 04/16/2009 17:30 CST-6 Hail 3.50 in. 0 0 30.00K 0.00K
RALLS CROSBY CO. TX 04/16/2009 17:45 CST-6 Tornado EF0 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
CLAIREMONT KENT CO. TX 04/16/2009 17:50 CST-6 Hail 1.75 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
POST GARZA CO. TX 04/16/2009 17:50 CST-6 Hail 1.75 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
POST GARZA CO. TX 04/16/2009 18:08 CST-6 Hail 1.75 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
JUSTICEBURG GARZA CO. TX 04/16/2009 18:20 CST-6 Tornado EF0 0 0 1.00K 0.00K
IDALOU LUBBOCK CO. TX 04/16/2009 19:05 CST-6 Hail 1.25 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
ANTON HOCKLEY CO. TX 04/16/2009 19:10 CST-6 Hail 0.88 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
CLAIREMONT KENT CO. TX 04/16/2009 19:15 CST-6 Tornado EF0 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
PETERSBURG HALE CO. TX 04/16/2009 19:29 CST-6 Hail 1.00 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
CLAIREMONT KENT CO. TX 04/16/2009 19:56 CST-6 Hail 1.75 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
SHALLOWATER ARPT LUBBOCK CO. TX 04/16/2009 19:56 CST-6 Tornado EF1 0 0 80.00K 0.00K
COUNTYLINE HALE CO. TX 04/16/2009 20:16 CST-6 Tornado EF1 0 0 50.00K 0.00K
COUNTYLINE HALE CO. TX 04/16/2009 20:26 CST-6 Tornado EF1 0 0 75.00K 0.00K
CLAIREMONT KENT CO. TX 04/16/2009 20:38 CST-6 Tornado EF0 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
GIRARD KENT CO. TX 04/16/2009 21:05 CST-6 Tornado EF0 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
TAHOKA LYNN CO. TX 04/16/2009 21:10 CST-6 Flash Flood 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
ACUFF LUBBOCK CO. TX 04/16/2009 21:14 CST-6 Tornado EF1 0 0 25.00K 0.00K
IDALOU LUBBOCK CO. TX 04/16/2009 21:15 CST-6 Hail 0.88 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
SPUR MUNI ARPT DICKENS CO. TX 04/16/2009 21:35 CST-6 Tornado EF0 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
GUTHRIE 6666 ARPT KING CO. TX 04/16/2009 21:52 CST-6 Tornado EF0 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
Totals: 0 3 41.372M 0.00K