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Event Details

Event Tornado
-- Scale EF2
-- Length 4.43 Miles
-- Width 350 Yards
State NEW MEXICO
County/Area ROOSEVELT
WFO ABQ
Report Source Law Enforcement
NCDC Data Source CSV
Begin Date 2007-03-23 18:30:00.0 MST-7
Begin Location 2SSE CAMEO
Begin Lat/Lon 34.24/-103.17
End Date 2007-03-23 18:42:00.0 MST-7
End Location 2NNE CAMEO
End Lat/Lon 34.3/-103.16
Deaths Direct/Indirect 0/0 (fatality details below, when available...)
Injuries Direct/Indirect 0/0
Property Damage 2.50M
Crop Damage 250.00K
Episode Narrative An unusually early and intense outbreak of severe storms with large hail and tornadoes occurred across east central and southeast New Mexico during the afternoon and evening of the 23rd. The average date for isolated first reports of damaging hail over the past 20 years has been March 24th with the location typically confined to far southeast New Mexico. The March 23rd 2007 episode produced a number of large hail events from Roswell to Tucumcari and peaked with multiple tornadoes from near Tatum north to Clovis and northeast of Tucumcari. A tornado at Clovis resulted in the death of two elderly citizens, the first tornado fatalities in New Mexico since October of 1974. The episode was characterized by a slow moving upper level low that produced strong speed shear but nearly uniform southerly directional flow aloft across the eastern and southeastern sections of the state. Storms with large hail developed first during early and mid afternoon from near Roswell north to Tucumcari. Towards late afternoon and early evening as storms migrated north northeast they encountered an increasing but shallow easterly surface flow that enhanced low level shear resulting in brief but shallow tornadoes. Multiple small but elevated vortices were observed circulating around well defined wall clouds with occasional spin downs into brief tornadoes.
Event Narrative Tornado with estimated peak winds of near 120 mph severely damaged the Portales City water well facility on State Road 202 about 5 miles east of Highway 70. The tornado moved north northwest destroying a new dairy before continuing northwest into Curry County. No injuries reported but storm debris briefly trapped a dairy employee. About 190 dairy cows either killed by the event or else sent to immediate slaughter due to injuries. Average width approximately 200 yards.


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All events for this episode:

Location County/Zone St. Date Time T.Z. Type Mag Dth Inj PrD CrD
Totals: 2 45 22.720M 250.00K
TUCUMCARI QUAY CO. NM 03/23/2007 13:35 MST-7 Hail 1.00 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
DEXTER CHAVES CO. NM 03/23/2007 13:45 MST-7 Hail 1.75 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
TUCUMCARI QUAY CO. NM 03/23/2007 13:50 MST-7 Hail 1.75 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
ROSWELL CHAVES CO. NM 03/23/2007 14:00 MST-7 Hail 0.88 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
LOGAN QUAY CO. NM 03/23/2007 14:05 MST-7 Hail 1.25 in. 0 0 200.00K 0.00K
LOGAN QUAY CO. NM 03/23/2007 14:12 MST-7 Tornado EF1 0 12 3.500M 0.00K
FT SUMNER DE BACA CO. NM 03/23/2007 15:25 MST-7 Hail 0.75 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
AMISTAD UNION CO. NM 03/23/2007 15:30 MST-7 Hail 1.00 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MILNESAND ROOSEVELT CO. NM 03/23/2007 17:00 MST-7 Hail 1.75 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MILNESAND ROOSEVELT CO. NM 03/23/2007 17:05 MST-7 Tornado EF0 0 0 20.00K 0.00K
MILNESAND ROOSEVELT CO. NM 03/23/2007 17:08 MST-7 Hail 1.00 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
LINGO ROOSEVELT CO. NM 03/23/2007 17:18 MST-7 Hail 1.75 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MILNESAND ROOSEVELT CO. NM 03/23/2007 17:18 MST-7 Hail 1.50 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
ELIDA ROOSEVELT CO. NM 03/23/2007 18:15 MST-7 Hail 0.88 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
ARCH ROOSEVELT CO. NM 03/23/2007 18:24 MST-7 Tornado EF0 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
ROGERS ROOSEVELT CO. NM 03/23/2007 18:28 MST-7 Tornado EF0 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
CAMEO ROOSEVELT CO. NM 03/23/2007 18:30 MST-7 Tornado EF2 0 0 2.500M 250.00K
CLOVIS HILLCREST ARP CURRY CO. NM 03/23/2007 18:42 MST-7 Tornado EF2 2 33 16.500M 0.00K
Totals: 2 45 22.720M 250.00K