Storm Events Database

Event Details

Event Tornado
-- Scale EF2
-- Length 4.5 Miles
-- Width 1230 Yards
State TEXAS
County/Area HALE
WFO LUB
Report Source Newspaper
NCDC Data Source CSV
Begin Date 2007-04-21 18:10:00.0 CST-6
Begin Location 9WNW HALFWAY
Begin Lat/Lon 34.23/-102.09
End Date 2007-04-21 18:18:00.0 CST-6
End Location 9WNW EDMONSON
End Lat/Lon 34.33/-102.04
Deaths Direct/Indirect 0/0 (fatality details below, when available...)
Injuries Direct/Indirect 0/0
Property Damage 200.00K
Crop Damage 0.00K
Episode Narrative An outbreak of severe weather impacted much of the central U.S. from Minnesota to Texas during the late afternoon and evening hours of the 21st. The west Texas South Plains and the extreme southern Texas Panhandle were affected by a series of significant tornadoes. At least five tornadoes were spawned by a single cyclic supercell thunderstorm that resulted in more than $3.5 million in damages. The most severely impacted communities included Olton (Lamb County) and Tulia (Swisher County). Both of these west Texas towns were impacted by EF-2 tornadoes that destroyed property and injured four people, and more than 14,000 customers were without electrical power throughout the night. The tornado outbreak was caused by a potent storm system that progressed east over the Four Corners region of the western U.S. on the 21st. A potent upper level jet stream spread over the Southern Plains of the U.S., and helped to create a favorable environment for supercell thunderstorms and tornadoes along a dryline that was stretched across west Texas.
Event Narrative A large and long-tracked tornado cut a path of damage twenty-nine miles in length and at times nearly three-quarters of a mile wide across portions of Lamb, Hale, Castro and Swisher Counties between 17:57 and 18:36 CST on the 21st. Total damages from the tornado were estimated to exceed $1.2 million, and one person was injured. The large tornado tracked across northwestern Hale County between 18:10 and 18:18 CST. Local newspaper reports indicate that the most notable damage along the tornado's path in northwestern Hale County occurred to numerous center pivot irrigation systems. At least ten irrigation systems were reportedly destroyed in fields west and northwest of Halfway. Damage caused by the tornado east of Olton (Lamb County) supported an EF-2 rating with winds estimated between 110 and 120 mph.


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All events for this episode:

Location County/Zone St. Date Time T.Z. Type Mag Dth Inj PrD CrD
Totals: 0 4 3.350M 290.00K
LITTLEFIELD LAMB CO. TX 04/21/2007 17:20 CST-6 Tornado EF0 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
SUDAN LAMB CO. TX 04/21/2007 17:20 CST-6 Hail 1.75 in. 0 0 0.00K 25.00K
FIELDTON LAMB CO. TX 04/21/2007 17:57 CST-6 Tornado EF2 0 1 810.00K 50.00K
OLTON LAMB CO. TX 04/21/2007 18:02 CST-6 Hail 2.75 in. 0 0 25.00K 100.00K
HALFWAY HALE CO. TX 04/21/2007 18:04 CST-6 Hail 2.75 in. 0 0 25.00K 25.00K
HALFWAY HALE CO. TX 04/21/2007 18:04 CST-6 Hail 1.75 in. 0 0 0.00K 25.00K
HALFWAY HALE CO. TX 04/21/2007 18:10 CST-6 Tornado EF2 0 0 200.00K 0.00K
HART CASTRO CO. TX 04/21/2007 18:18 CST-6 Tornado EF2 0 0 200.00K 0.00K
KRESS SWISHER CO. TX 04/21/2007 18:33 CST-6 Tornado EF2 0 0 30.00K 0.00K
TULIA SWISHER CO. TX 04/21/2007 18:50 CST-6 Hail 2.50 in. 0 0 30.00K 25.00K
OLTON LAMB CO. TX 04/21/2007 18:56 CST-6 Hail 1.75 in. 0 0 0.00K 15.00K
TULIA SWISHER CO. TX 04/21/2007 18:57 CST-6 Tornado EF2 0 3 2.000M 0.00K
TULIA SWISHER CO. TX 04/21/2007 19:00 CST-6 Hail 3.00 in. 0 0 30.00K 25.00K
HART CASTRO CO. TX 04/21/2007 19:08 CST-6 Hail 1.00 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
TULIA SWISHER CO. TX 04/21/2007 19:11 CST-6 Tornado EF1 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
HAPPY SWISHER CO. TX 04/21/2007 19:20 CST-6 Tornado EF0 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
FLOYDADA FLOYD CO. TX 04/21/2007 21:00 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 56 kts. MG 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
RALLS CROSBY CO. TX 04/21/2007 21:05 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 57 kts. MG 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
Totals: 0 4 3.350M 290.00K