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Event Details

Event Tornado
-- Scale EF1
-- Length 1.17 Miles
-- Width 75 Yards
State NEW MEXICO
County/Area SOCORRO
WFO ABQ
Begin Date 05/13/2012 12:49:00 MST-7
Begin Range 2
Begin Azimuth SE
Begin Location MAGDALENA MUNI ARPT
Begin Lat/Lon 34.09/-107.28
End Date 05/13/2012 12:57:00 MST-7
End Range 2
End Azimuth SSW
End Location MAGDALENA
End Lat/Lon 34.09/-107.26
Deaths Direct/Indirect 0/0 (fatality details below, when available...)
Injuries Direct/Indirect 0/0
Property Damage 1.00K
Crop Damage 0.00K
Episode Narrative Numerous showers and thunderstorms developed mainly south of I-40 once cloud cover dissipated. Strong instability and shear led to rapidly developing severe storms in the early afternoon. These storms continued through the evening hours across much of south central New Mexico.
Event Narrative National Weather Service meteorologists surveyed tornado damage that originated in an open desert, native to only small juniper trees and cactus. Based on multiple eyewitness accounts, several photos and video, the landspout began as two dust devils merged. The circulation grew vertically and made connection with the parent thunderstorm as it moved east. Interestingly though, the parent storm moved southeast. The landspout moved over two stock tanks. One was blown back to the west approximately 20 feet and hit a steel fence that was dented. The other tank was blown approximately 0.75 miles to the east and was mangled and in pieces. The landspout crossed State Road 107 and increased in intensity. Numerous pinon and juniper trees as well as cholla cacti were uprooted and displaced between 20 and 100 feet. No homes or outbuildings were damaged or destroyed. Peak wind speed was estimated at 90 mph.


All events for this episode:

Location County/Zone St. Date Time T.Z. Type Mag Dth Inj PrD CrD
Totals: 0 0 1.00K 0.00K
MAGDALENA MUNI ARPT SOCORRO CO. NM 05/13/2012 12:49 MST-7 Tornado EF1 0 0 1.00K 0.00K
MAGDALENA SOCORRO CO. NM 05/13/2012 13:00 MST-7 Hail 1.25 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
PROGRESSO TORRANCE CO. NM 05/13/2012 13:08 MST-7 Hail 1.00 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
BELEN VALENCIA CO. NM 05/13/2012 14:30 MST-7 Hail 0.75 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
OSCURO LINCOLN CO. NM 05/13/2012 17:53 MST-7 Thunderstorm Wind 65 kts. MG 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
Totals: 0 0 1.00K 0.00K