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Event Details

Event Hail
Magnitude 0.75 in.
State NEW MEXICO
County/Area DONA ANA
WFO EPZ
Begin Date 05/02/2007 11:45:00 MST-7
Begin Range 0
Begin Azimuth N
Begin Location SUNLAND PARK
Begin Lat/Lon 31.8/-106.57
End Date 05/02/2007 11:50:00 MST-7
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 An upper low moved from southern AZ across southern NM and far west TX over an air mass that was rather moist for early May in this area. The air mass was very unstable, such that any ground based circulation (e.g. gustnadoes) would quickly spin up within strong updrafts. One technician near White Sands Missle Range HQ observed a gustnado along a gust front from a storm farther west grow rapidly upward under a strong thunderstorm. Once the landspout had formed, it moved slowly northeast but persisted for more than 40 minutes (52 minutes according to NSSL). It remained over unpopulated desert terrain and thus no damage occurred. The tornado lasted far longer than one would expect for a landspout. It was concluded that since it connected with a cell that had supercellular tendencies, this accounted for the longevity. Due to the somewhat high thunderstorm base and little precipitation around the funnel, the tornado was easily viewed by El Paso residents up to 30 miles away. Several other severe cells developed that afternoon, with another weak tornado briefly touching down about 25 miles to the northeast.
Event Narrative


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
SUNLAND PARK DONA ANA CO. NM 05/02/2007 11:45 MST-7 Hail 0.75 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
CONDRON ARPT DONA ANA CO. NM 05/02/2007 11:48 MST-7 Tornado EF0 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
DESERT OTERO CO. NM 05/02/2007 12:10 MST-7 Tornado EF0 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
DUNES OTERO CO. NM 05/02/2007 12:45 MST-7 Tornado EF0 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
Totals: 0 0 0.00K 0.00K