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Event Extreme Cold/Wind Chill
State TEXAS
County/Area CROSBY
WFO LUB
Begin Date 02/08/2011 16:00:00 CST-6
End Date 02/09/2011 12:00:00 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 Less than a week after the coldest air to impact the South Plains of west Texas in more than a decade had weakened its grip on the region, a second arctic airmass invaded the central and southern U.S. The cold front, enhanced along its advance southward through the plains by widespread snowpack, pushed across the South Plains of west Texas during the afternoon hours of the 8th. At 16:00 CST, the Texas Tech University West Texas Mesonet sites at Friona (Parmer County) and Lake Alan Henry (Garza County), separated by only 140 miles, reported temperatures of 5 degrees (F) and 65 degrees respectively. The front ushered in bitterly cold temperatures along with strong northerly winds sustained at speeds between 25 and 35 mph with gusts near 55 mph. These winds destroyed a carport at the Hamlin Memorial Methodist Church in Farwell (Parmer County). By late evening on the 8th, extremely cold temperatures and wind chills affected much of the South Plains region. The bitterly cold air persisted through midday on the 9th.

In addition to extreme cold, the passage of an upper air storm system brought snowfall to the region during the overnight hours of the 8th and the morning hours of the 9th. While heavy snow and blizzard-like conditions were widespread over the Texas Panhandle, most accumulations over the extreme southern Panhandle and the South Plains were light. The most significant impacts were reported in northern Swisher County where blowing snow reduced visibilities to near zero along Interstate 27 and Happy received 5 inch accumulations. Snow drifts were reportedly 32 inches deep over some Swisher County roadways.

A list of sub-zero temperatures (F) recorded by the Texas Tech University West Texas Mesonet and National Weather Service cooperative observers during the arctic outbreak follows:

Dimmitt (Castro County)...-4, Friona (Parmer County)...-4, Tulia (Swisher County)...-2, and Hart (Castro County)...-1.

A list of observed wind chill values below the -15 degrees (F) local warning criteria per the Texas Tech University West Texas Mesonet and area Automated Surface Observing Systems follows:

Dimmitt (Castro County)...-26, Hart (Castro County)...-26, Tulia (Swisher County)...-26, Friona (Parmer County)...-25, Silverton (Briscoe County)...-25, Muleshoe (Bailey County)...-23, Abernathy (Hale County)...-22, Morton (Cochran County)...-22, Olton (Lamb County)...-22, Plainview (Hale County)...-22, Amherst (Lamb County)...-21, Floydada (Floyd County)...-21, Memphis (Hall County)...-21, Turkey (Hall County)...-21, Anton (Hockley County)...-20, Matador (Motley County)...-20, Childress (Childress County)...-19, Levelland (Hockley County)...-19, Slaton (Lubbock County)...-19, Brownfield (Terry County)...-18, Denver City (Yoakum County)...-18, Lubbock's Preston Smith International Airport (Lubbock County)...-18, Paducah (Cottle County)...-18, Ralls (Crosby County)...-18, Tahoka (Lynn County)...-17, White River Lake (Garza County)...-17, and Guthrie (King County)...-15.

A list of reported snow accumulations follows: Happy (Swisher County)...5 inches, Dimmitt (Castro County)...3 inches, Friona (Parmer County)...3 inches, Tulia (Swisher County)...3 inches, Vigo Park (Swisher County)...3 inches, Childress (Childress County)...2 inches, Farwell (Parmer County)...2 inches, Plainview (Swisher County)...2 inches, Silverton (Briscoe County)...2 inches, Turkey (Hall County)...2 inches, Floydada (Floyd County)...1 inch, Hart (Castro County)...1 inch, Matador (Motley County)...1 inch, Muleshoe (Bailey County)...1 inch, Paducah (Cottle County)...1 inch, Roaring Springs (Motley County)...1 inch.

Numerous reports of frozen and broken water pipes were received, generally in the Lubbock (Lubbock County) vicinity. However, since the impacts of this arctic air were relatively short-lived, damages were not as extensive as those associated with the 1-4 February arctic airmass. Total economic loss was estimated at approximately $260,000.
Event Narrative


All events for this episode:

Location County/Zone St. Date Time T.Z. Type Mag Dth Inj PrD CrD
Totals: 0 0 260.00K 0.00K
COCHRAN (ZONE) COCHRAN (ZONE) TX 02/08/2011 16:00 CST-6 Extreme Cold/Wind Chill 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
CASTRO (ZONE) CASTRO (ZONE) TX 02/08/2011 16:00 CST-6 Extreme Cold/Wind Chill 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
SWISHER (ZONE) SWISHER (ZONE) TX 02/08/2011 16:00 CST-6 Extreme Cold/Wind Chill 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
HALL (ZONE) HALL (ZONE) TX 02/08/2011 16:00 CST-6 Extreme Cold/Wind Chill 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
BRISCOE (ZONE) BRISCOE (ZONE) TX 02/08/2011 16:00 CST-6 Extreme Cold/Wind Chill 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
CHILDRESS (ZONE) CHILDRESS (ZONE) TX 02/08/2011 16:00 CST-6 Extreme Cold/Wind Chill 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
COTTLE (ZONE) COTTLE (ZONE) TX 02/08/2011 16:00 CST-6 Extreme Cold/Wind Chill 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MOTLEY (ZONE) MOTLEY (ZONE) TX 02/08/2011 16:00 CST-6 Extreme Cold/Wind Chill 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
LAMB (ZONE) LAMB (ZONE) TX 02/08/2011 16:00 CST-6 Extreme Cold/Wind Chill 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
BAILEY (ZONE) BAILEY (ZONE) TX 02/08/2011 16:00 CST-6 Extreme Cold/Wind Chill 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
KING (ZONE) KING (ZONE) TX 02/08/2011 16:00 CST-6 Extreme Cold/Wind Chill 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
FLOYD (ZONE) FLOYD (ZONE) TX 02/08/2011 16:00 CST-6 Extreme Cold/Wind Chill 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
LYNN (ZONE) LYNN (ZONE) TX 02/08/2011 16:00 CST-6 Extreme Cold/Wind Chill 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
TERRY (ZONE) TERRY (ZONE) TX 02/08/2011 16:00 CST-6 Extreme Cold/Wind Chill 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
YOAKUM (ZONE) YOAKUM (ZONE) TX 02/08/2011 16:00 CST-6 Extreme Cold/Wind Chill 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
PARMER (ZONE) PARMER (ZONE) TX 02/08/2011 16:00 CST-6 Extreme Cold/Wind Chill 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
HOCKLEY (ZONE) HOCKLEY (ZONE) TX 02/08/2011 16:00 CST-6 Extreme Cold/Wind Chill 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
LUBBOCK (ZONE) LUBBOCK (ZONE) TX 02/08/2011 16:00 CST-6 Extreme Cold/Wind Chill 0 0 250.00K 0.00K
CROSBY (ZONE) CROSBY (ZONE) TX 02/08/2011 16:00 CST-6 Extreme Cold/Wind Chill 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
HALE (ZONE) HALE (ZONE) TX 02/08/2011 16:00 CST-6 Extreme Cold/Wind Chill 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
PARMER (ZONE) PARMER (ZONE) TX 02/08/2011 21:00 CST-6 Strong Wind 43 kts. EG 0 0 10.00K 0.00K
PARMER (ZONE) PARMER (ZONE) TX 02/08/2011 22:00 CST-6 Winter Weather 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
CASTRO (ZONE) CASTRO (ZONE) TX 02/08/2011 22:00 CST-6 Winter Weather 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
BRISCOE (ZONE) BRISCOE (ZONE) TX 02/08/2011 22:00 CST-6 Winter Weather 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
HALL (ZONE) HALL (ZONE) TX 02/08/2011 22:00 CST-6 Winter Weather 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
FLOYD (ZONE) FLOYD (ZONE) TX 02/08/2011 22:00 CST-6 Winter Weather 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
HALE (ZONE) HALE (ZONE) TX 02/08/2011 22:00 CST-6 Winter Weather 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
BAILEY (ZONE) BAILEY (ZONE) TX 02/08/2011 22:00 CST-6 Winter Weather 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
COTTLE (ZONE) COTTLE (ZONE) TX 02/08/2011 22:00 CST-6 Winter Weather 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MOTLEY (ZONE) MOTLEY (ZONE) TX 02/08/2011 22:00 CST-6 Winter Weather 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
SWISHER (ZONE) SWISHER (ZONE) TX 02/08/2011 22:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
CHILDRESS (ZONE) CHILDRESS (ZONE) TX 02/08/2011 22:00 CST-6 Winter Weather 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
Totals: 0 0 260.00K 0.00K