Storm Events Database

Event Details

Event Tornado
-- Scale EF2
-- Length 8.36 Miles
-- Width 880 Yards
State NEW MEXICO
County/Area LEA
WFO MAF
Begin Date 03/23/2007 16:07:00 MST-7
Begin Range 8
Begin Azimuth W
Begin Location MC DONALD
Begin Lat/Lon 33.13/-103.45
End Date 03/23/2007 16:14:00 MST-7
End Range 7
End Azimuth W
End Location TATUM
End Lat/Lon 33.25/-103.43
Deaths Direct/Indirect 0/0 (fatality details below, when available...)
Injuries Direct/Indirect 0/0
Property Damage 28.00K
Crop Damage 0.00K
Episode Narrative Around 12:30 pm MDT on Friday, March 23, thunderstorms began to develop over the Guadalupe Mountains of Eddy County. Thunderstorms continued to rapidly develop, becoming severe over portions of Eddy County at 1:45 pm MDT. Thunderstorms also were developing over eastern portions of Culberson County during this time and these thunderstorms would eventually affect Lea County later in the afternoon.|At 3:39 pm MDT, a thunderstorm located in western portions of Lea County just northwest of the community of Halfway began to exhibit supercellular characteristics. This prompted the issuance of a Severe Thunderstorm Warning at 3:42 pm MDT for western portions of Lea county. As the supercell thunderstorm moved northeast at 30 mph, the storm continued to intensify. The presence on radar of an intensifying mesocyclone (storm rotation) and a bounded weak echo region, along with key spotter information relayed into our office through amateur radio Net Control Operations prompted an upgrade to a tornado warning. Spotters indicated a developing wall cloud over the area had become fully formed with increasing surface wind inflow. A tornado warning was issued for northern portions of Lea County at 4:28 pm MDT.
Event Narrative At 4:50 pm MDT, spotters indicated the presence of two wall clouds. Primary indications are that the new wall cloud spawned a second tornado with the supercell thunderstorm 7 1/2 miles west of the community of McDonald, just south of Lea County Road 147. Survey of damage along county road 147 led to an estimation of tornado width of 50 yards at this point. |The tornado continued to intensify as it moved northeast. Significant damage was seen 7 1/2 miles southwest of Tatum over ranchland. At this location, 13 wooden power poles were damaged, three snapped off at ground level and others snapped three to twelve feet above ground. A water trough weighing an estimated 300 pounds was thrown from the tornado for several hundred feet. The tornado was visually estimated to be a half mile in width and described as clean in appearance. Damage along this track supports this estimate. It is believed that this tornado lifted just south of N.M. Highway 380, six and a half miles west of Tatum. Spotters also confirmed that the tornado exhibited multiple vortex structure at times during its life cycle.


All events for this episode:

Location County/Zone St. Date Time T.Z. Type Mag Dth Inj PrD CrD
Totals: 0 0 30.00K 0.00K
LOVINGTON LEA CO. NM 03/23/2007 15:32 MST-7 Tornado EF0 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MC DONALD LEA CO. NM 03/23/2007 16:07 MST-7 Tornado EF2 0 0 28.00K 0.00K
CROSSROADS LEA CO. NM 03/23/2007 16:36 MST-7 Tornado EF0 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
CROSSROADS LEA CO. NM 03/23/2007 16:45 MST-7 Tornado EF0 0 0 2.00K 0.00K
Totals: 0 0 30.00K 0.00K