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Event Frost/Freeze
State TEXAS
County/Area BROOKS
WFO BRO
Begin Date 02/02/2011 02:30:00 CST-6
End Date 02/02/2011 12:15:00 CST-6
Deaths Direct/Indirect 0/0 (fatality details below, when available...)
Injuries Direct/Indirect 0/0
Property Damage 0.00K
Crop Damage
Episode Narrative A large dome of Arctic High Pressure spread from the Great Plains southward into Deep South Texas and well into Mexico beginning late on February 1st and continuing into Groundhog Day, February 2nd 2011. Strong northwest winds turned what had been a balmy afternoon February 1st into a dangerously cold morning for unprotected people, pets, and plants on the 2nd. Freezing temperatures arrived in the Brush Country and King Ranch soon after midnight, and drove through the Rio Grande Valley before daybreak. Steely gray stratus behind the front kept temperatures from rising much above 32 degrees through the day .

The combination of northwest winds 20 to 25 mph and gusty near the coast, and 15 to 20 mph and gusty inland, dropped feels like temperatures into the low to mid teens in time for the morning school bus. The change from Tuesday afternoon to Wednesday morning was more than 40��F in air temperature, but a whopping 50 to 60�� lower in how it actually felt ��� quite a shock to most residents of the Rio Grande Valley.

Dangerous wind chills held in the teens to lower 20s for the remainder of the daylight hours, one of the coldest feeling days in decades. A number of locations had temperatures drop to or below the freezing point (32��F) for several hours; a brief hard freeze occurred across the northern tier of the brush country and King Ranch.
Event Narrative Temperatures fell to 32 degrees shortly after 2 AM on February 2nd in Falfurrias, then continued falling to 30 degrees for several hours after sunrise before slowly rising back above freezing by early afternoon. Between 7 and 10 hours of freezing temperatures were reported/estimated in the county before readings rose a few degrees above freezing for the afternoon and evening.


All events for this episode:

Location County/Zone St. Date Time T.Z. Type Mag Dth Inj PrD CrD
Totals: 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
JIM HOGG (ZONE) JIM HOGG (ZONE) TX 02/01/2011 23:15 CST-6 Frost/Freeze 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
KENEDY (ZONE) KENEDY (ZONE) TX 02/02/2011 02:30 CST-6 Frost/Freeze 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
BROOKS (ZONE) BROOKS (ZONE) TX 02/02/2011 02:30 CST-6 Frost/Freeze 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
STARR (ZONE) STARR (ZONE) TX 02/02/2011 03:15 CST-6 Frost/Freeze 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
ZAPATA (ZONE) ZAPATA (ZONE) TX 02/02/2011 03:15 CST-6 Frost/Freeze 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
WILLACY (ZONE) WILLACY (ZONE) TX 02/02/2011 04:00 CST-6 Frost/Freeze 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
COASTAL WILLACY (ZONE) COASTAL WILLACY (ZONE) TX 02/02/2011 04:00 CST-6 Frost/Freeze 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
CAMERON (ZONE) CAMERON (ZONE) TX 02/02/2011 05:00 CST-6 Frost/Freeze 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
COASTAL CAMERON (ZONE) COASTAL CAMERON (ZONE) TX 02/02/2011 05:00 CST-6 Frost/Freeze 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
HIDALGO (ZONE) HIDALGO (ZONE) TX 02/02/2011 06:15 CST-6 Frost/Freeze 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
Totals: 0 0 0.00K 0.00K