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Event Details

Event Tornado
-- Scale EF2
-- Length 8.02 Miles
-- Width 350 Yards
State NEW MEXICO
County/Area CURRY
WFO ABQ
Begin Date 03/23/2007 18:42:00 MST-7
Begin Range 7
Begin Azimuth S
Begin Location CLOVIS HILLCREST ARP
Begin Lat/Lon 34.3/-103.17
End Date 03/23/2007 19:06:00 MST-7
End Range 1
End Azimuth NNE
End Location CLOVIS
End Lat/Lon 34.42/-103.19
Deaths Direct/Indirect 2/0 (fatality details below, when available...)
Injuries Direct/Indirect 33/0
Property Damage 16.50M
Crop Damage
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 A tornado that developed in Roosevelt County continued north northwest into Curry County for about 3.5 miles then tracked north northeast an additional 4.6 miles into southern and east central sections of Clovis. Intensity of the tornado appeared to wane from EF2 120 mph in Roosevelt County to EF1 100 mph as it moved north into Curry County along Highway 70 where damage was limited to power lines and farm irrigation equipment. Intensity increased again to EF2 level 125 mph for a segment extending from about 4 miles south of Clovis northward into southeast Clovis which sustained the heaviest and most consistent damage as indicated by structural damage and downed power poles. The tornado appeared to wane again as it move north over Highway 60/84 just east of the intersection with Highway 70. The tornado track became intermittent north of Highway 60/84 with winds likely less than 85 mph before a final one half mile track of heavier damage and EF2 level winds of 120-125 mph. Average width was estimated at 200 yards. About 500 homes and other facilities sustained at least some damage ranging from complete destruction of mobile homes in southeast Clovis and wall collapse at several businesses along Highway 60/84 to the loss of roof shingles and roof top air conditioning units. Thirty five people suffered treatment injuries including five that required hospitalization. Two elderly citizens died later from injuries sustained during the event making these the first tornado fatalities in New Mexico since October of 1974.


Event Fatality Details

Type Age Gender Fatality Location
Death 91 Female Mobile/Trailer Home
Death 90 Male Mobile/Trailer Home


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