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Event Details

Event High Wind
Magnitude 55 kts.
State TEXAS
County/Area HALE
WFO LUB
Begin Date 12/08/2009 13:15:00 CST-6
End Date 12/08/2009 16:50:00 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 very dynamic storm system resulted in a variety of weather hazards and significant public impacts on the west Texas South Plains during the late hours of the 7th and through the daytime hours of the 8th. The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal described the day's weather as a plague, saying the only thing missing Tuesday (December 8th) was locusts.

Fog and drizzle became widespread during the evening of the 7th as warm air advected northward over the South Plains atop a shallow cold layer near the ground. By the late evening hours, freezing drizzle had begun to deposite a light ice glaze on many objects, including area roadways. By the morning of the 8th, travel conditions were hazardous across much of the region. More than 100 automobile accidents were reported in the city of Lubbock, with at least another 25 accidents reported on rural roadways. At least 22 persons were treated for minor injuries. Fortunately, no children were injured when a vehicle slid through the intersection of 42nd Streed and Avenue L and collided with a school bus. Hockley County officials additionally reported two weather-related accidents that resulted in injuries. The icy conditions also resulted in the closure of Interstate 27 for a short time, and school sessions were delayed or cancelled in Floyd, Lynn, Crosby, Hockley, Garza, Lamb, Hale, and Terry Counties and at Texas Tech University.

The main lift associated with the upper level storm system approached around midday. This resulted in a narrow band of convective showers that produced sleet over the central parts of the South Plains, including the city of Lubbock, and accumulations were observed.

By early afternoon, strong subsident air overspread west Texas as the parent upper air storm system translated east of the area, and the onset of intense westerly winds occurred. Tight pressure gradients resulted in wind gusts in excess of 70 mph over portions of the extreme southwestern Texas Panhandle, with gusts over 60 mph common elsewhere on the South Plains. These winds caused widespread damage to utilities and trees across the region. In fact, more than 5,000 area residents were without power during the course of the afternoon. A utility pole reportedly fell onto a car in Muleshoe (Bailey County), and a tree fell and damaged a home in Littlefield (Lamb County). In Yoakum County alone, more than 40 power poles were downed by the winds. An apartment complex was heavily damaged in Levelland (Hockley County) when a large portion of the roof was blown off, and a second apartment complex sustained heavy wind damage in northwest Lubbock (Lubbock County). Elsewhere, structural damage was limited to light weight structures. A greenhouse was destroyed in Friona (Parmer County) and a travel trailer was overturned near Denver City (Yoakum County). The winds additionally resulted in blowing dust which significantly limited visibilities.

More than a dozen grass fires started across portions of Hale, Hockley, and Yoakum counties as power lines were damaged by the high winds, but due to relatively moist vegetative fuels, none of the fires grew to significant or damaging levels.

Total economic damages associated with the South Plains storm system of the 7th and 8th were estimated near $2 million.

A list of severe wind gusts measured by the Texas Tech University West Texas Mesonet and the KVII-TV Schoolnet follows:

73 mph at Friona (Parmer County), 71 mph at Hart (Castro County), 69 mph at Denver City (Yoakum County), 66 mph at Anton (Hockley County), 65 mph at Northfield (Motley County), 63 mph at Olton (Lamb County), 63 mph at Reese Center (Lubbock County), 63 mph at Silverton (Briscoe County), 60 mph at Memphis (Hall County), 60 mph at Tulia (Swisher County), 59 mph at Sundown (Cochran County), 58 mph at Brownfield (Terry County), 58 mph at Floydada (Floyd County), and 58 mph at Muleshoe (Bailey County).
Event Narrative


All events for this episode:

Location County/Zone St. Date Time T.Z. Type Mag Dth Inj PrD CrD
Totals: 0 0 2.000M 0.00K
PARMER (ZONE) PARMER (ZONE) TX 12/07/2009 20:00 CST-6 Winter Weather 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
LUBBOCK (ZONE) LUBBOCK (ZONE) TX 12/07/2009 20:00 CST-6 Winter Weather 0 0 1.000M 0.00K
HOCKLEY (ZONE) HOCKLEY (ZONE) TX 12/07/2009 20:00 CST-6 Winter Weather 0 0 50.00K 0.00K
COCHRAN (ZONE) COCHRAN (ZONE) TX 12/07/2009 20:00 CST-6 Winter Weather 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
BAILEY (ZONE) BAILEY (ZONE) TX 12/07/2009 20:00 CST-6 Winter Weather 0 0 35.00K 0.00K
LAMB (ZONE) LAMB (ZONE) TX 12/07/2009 20:00 CST-6 Winter Weather 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
HALE (ZONE) HALE (ZONE) TX 12/07/2009 20:00 CST-6 Winter Weather 0 0 20.00K 0.00K
FLOYD (ZONE) FLOYD (ZONE) TX 12/07/2009 20:00 CST-6 Winter Weather 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
BRISCOE (ZONE) BRISCOE (ZONE) TX 12/07/2009 20:00 CST-6 Winter Weather 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
SWISHER (ZONE) SWISHER (ZONE) TX 12/07/2009 20:00 CST-6 Winter Weather 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
CASTRO (ZONE) CASTRO (ZONE) TX 12/07/2009 20:00 CST-6 Winter Weather 0 0 20.00K 0.00K
TERRY (ZONE) TERRY (ZONE) TX 12/07/2009 20:00 CST-6 Winter Weather 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
LYNN (ZONE) LYNN (ZONE) TX 12/07/2009 20:00 CST-6 Winter Weather 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
GARZA (ZONE) GARZA (ZONE) TX 12/07/2009 20:00 CST-6 Winter Weather 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
TERRY (ZONE) TERRY (ZONE) TX 12/08/2009 13:15 CST-6 High Wind 50 kts. MG 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
YOAKUM (ZONE) YOAKUM (ZONE) TX 12/08/2009 13:15 CST-6 High Wind 60 kts. MG 0 0 250.00K 0.00K
CASTRO (ZONE) CASTRO (ZONE) TX 12/08/2009 13:15 CST-6 High Wind 62 kts. MG 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
SWISHER (ZONE) SWISHER (ZONE) TX 12/08/2009 13:15 CST-6 High Wind 52 kts. MG 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
HALE (ZONE) HALE (ZONE) TX 12/08/2009 13:15 CST-6 High Wind 55 kts. MS 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
BRISCOE (ZONE) BRISCOE (ZONE) TX 12/08/2009 13:15 CST-6 High Wind 55 kts. MG 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
HALL (ZONE) HALL (ZONE) TX 12/08/2009 13:15 CST-6 High Wind 52 kts. MG 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MOTLEY (ZONE) MOTLEY (ZONE) TX 12/08/2009 13:15 CST-6 High Wind 56 kts. MG 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
FLOYD (ZONE) FLOYD (ZONE) TX 12/08/2009 13:15 CST-6 High Wind 50 kts. MG 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
LAMB (ZONE) LAMB (ZONE) TX 12/08/2009 13:15 CST-6 High Wind 55 kts. MG 0 0 75.00K 0.00K
BAILEY (ZONE) BAILEY (ZONE) TX 12/08/2009 13:15 CST-6 High Wind 50 kts. MG 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
COCHRAN (ZONE) COCHRAN (ZONE) TX 12/08/2009 13:15 CST-6 High Wind 59 kts. MG 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
HOCKLEY (ZONE) HOCKLEY (ZONE) TX 12/08/2009 13:15 CST-6 High Wind 57 kts. MG 0 0 300.00K 0.00K
LUBBOCK (ZONE) LUBBOCK (ZONE) TX 12/08/2009 13:15 CST-6 High Wind 55 kts. MG 0 0 250.00K 0.00K
PARMER (ZONE) PARMER (ZONE) TX 12/08/2009 13:15 CST-6 High Wind 63 kts. MG 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
Totals: 0 0 2.000M 0.00K