High Winds Whip the Region
|Maximum wind gusts reported across the region on Monday, May 10th, 2010. The wind reports are courtesy of the West Texas Mesonet and the National Weather Service. Click on the map for a larger view.|
Powerful west to southwest winds blew across the Texas South Plains region from late Monday morning through the afternoon as a deep low pressure system swept through the central plains. Wind speeds were recorded from 30 to 45 mph over the extreme southern Texas Panhandle and much of the South Plains, with many gusts from 55 to 60 mph.
The peak wind gusts during the day included 65 mph from the West Texas Mesonet site near Dimmit at 12:55 pm, and another 65 mph gust from the West Texas Mesonet site near Tulia at 2:23 pm. A gust to 63 mph was recorded near Silverton at 1:54 pm...while a 59 mph gust hit the Lubbock airport at 1:12 pm.
Damage reports included wooden power poles snapped in south Lubbock during the afternoon. Also, two grass fires spread by the high winds were reported near Enochs in southern Bailey County, and east of Dimmitt in Castro County. The burn near Enochs consumed an estimated 10,000 acres or more of CRP land.
The wind also caused areas of blowing dust with visibilities reduced to near a mile at the Lubbock airport.
By early evening winds had subsided.
The West Texas Mesonet also put together a page dedicated to the wind storm on 10 May 2010. CLICK HERE to view it.
The same storm system that brought the strong winds to the region also produced a tornado outbreak in central and eastern Oklahoma. To read more about the tornado outbreak CLICK HERE.