A Strong Macroburst Strikes the Turkey, TX, Area

14 June 2010

 

Radar image of a severe thunderstorm near Floydada, TX around 10 am CDT on May 17th, 2010

Approximate coverage (in red) of a macroburst that struck near Turkey, TX,  around 12:30 am on June 14, 2010. Also noted are several areas of damage that occurred from the strong straight line winds. Picture of several of the damage points noted in the map can be found below.


An early morning, slow moving thunderstorm complex produce very heavy rain and strong straight line winds near Turkey, TX, on 14 June 2010. In addition to dropping a quick 3 inches of rain, the storm produced a strong macroburst measured to 101 mph by the West Texas Mesonet Station located 2 miles to the west-southwest of Turkey. The winds caused damage from east of Quitaque to the western edge of Turkey.

Below are pictures of damage from around the Turkey area.  The images were taken by Wes Burgett, the manager of the Texas Tech West Texas Mesonet.

 
Tree downed by the strong winds west of Turkey. Damage done by the strong winds to the West Texas Mesonet Site 2 miles west-southwest of Turkey.

 Damage near Turkey done by strong straight line wind early on June 14, 2010.

 Damage near Turkey done by strong straight line wind early on June 14, 2010. 

 Damage near Turkey done by strong straight line wind early on June 14, 2010.

 Damage near Turkey done by strong straight line wind early on June 14, 2010.

   

Pictures of damage taken from the Turkey area after the early morning macroburst on 14 June 2010.  The images are courtesy of Wes Burgett. Click on the pictures for a larger view.

The winds also knocked over several center pivot irrigation systems west of Turkey.  Below are a couple of views of damaged pivots.
 
Center pivot irrigation systems knocked over by the strong winds early 14 June 2010. Pictures are courtesy of Cody Yates. Click on the images for a enlarged view.
 

After a brief reprieve from the violent weather, severe thunderstorms redeveloped during the afternoon and evening hours of the 14th, with even a couple of strong and severe storms persisting into the early morning hours of the 15th. Many locations across the South Plains into the Rolling Plains experienced strong thunderstorm outflow winds and large hail, along with very heavy rain. The strongest wind recorded during the afternoon was a gust to 84 mph, observed 4 miles south-southwest of Wilson by a member of the VORTEX 2 project. Additionally, one brief tornado was observed just southwest of Wilson, though it did no known damage.

 
 
Powerful storm that moved up across the Tahoka area with strong winds, hail and very heavy rain during the mid-afternoon on June 14, 2010. Powerful storm that moved up across the Tahoka area with strong winds, hail and very heavy rain during the mid-afternoon on June 14, 2010.
Powerful storm that moved up across the Tahoka area with strong winds, hail and very heavy rain during the mid-afternoon on June 14, 2010. Strong outflow winds and a developing storm to the east of Tahoka, TX, during the mid-afternoon on June 14, 2010.
   
Above are pictures of a powerful storm that moved up across the Tahoka area with strong winds, hail and very heavy rain during the mid-afternoon on June 14, 2010. The pictures are courtesy of Erin Shaw.  Click on the pictures for a larger view.
 
Although the storms did cause some destruction, they also produced some beauty. Below are a couple of images of the evening sky on the 14th, as viewed from Lubbock.
 
 
Pictures of a colorful sky as viewed from Lubbock on the evening of June 14, 2010. The pictures are courtesy of Erin Shaw.  Click on the pictures for a larger view.
 

To view the preliminary local storm reports for the day CLICK HERE.

To view a page composed on the event by the TTU West Texas Mesonet Click Here.

 
 

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