A strong upper-level system over the Southern Rockies generated an outbreak of severe weather in West Texas on April 16th, 2009. Initial reports of eight tornado touchdowns in the central South Plains and Rolling Plains regions. Many reports of large hail with the city of Lubbock especially hard hit by large quantities of quarter-size hail. Significant flooding occurred in the urban areas of Lubbock with numerous road closures. Interstate 27 from Kress to Tulia was inundated with hail closing the highway. The West Texas Mesonet station near Tulia recorded 5.38 inches of rain during the late afternoon and early evening hours.


Visible satellite imagery at 6:45 pm CDT on April 16th, 2009 image showing storms in West Texas.


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RAP-UCAR water vapor loop showing storm development in West Texas. Image Credit: Greg Thompson, UCAR.




KLBB radar image showing storms at 7 pm CDT on April 16th, 2009.



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Hail fog covering Interstate 27 near Tulia on April 16, 2009. Photo Credit: Lindsey Webb.



Snow plows used to clear hail off the interstate near Tulia on April 16, 2009. Photo Credit: Lindsey Webb.



Flood waters covering Interstate 27 approximately 2 miles south of Tulia on April 16, 2009. Photo Credit: Lindsey Webb.



Wall cloud with storm in east-central Lubbock County on April 16th, 2009. Photo Credit: Tanya Brown.



Larger wall cloud with same supercell in Lubbock County on April 16th, 2009. Photo Credit: Tanya Brown.




Small hail on East Loop 289 in Lubbock County on April 16th, 2009. Photo Credit: Tanya Brown.




Several West Texas Mesonet stations sampled a heat burst associated with an isolated storm during the early morning hours of April 16th, 2009. Meteograms are in standard time (add one hour for daylight savings). Click on the thumbnails for a full-sized image.


LEVELLAND 4S - Hockley County

ANTON 6S - Hockley County

Click here for National Weather Service Lubbock link for April 16th, 2009