A severe MCS produced torrential rain in the Texas Panhandle (Donley, Carson and Armstrong Counties) and along the Caprock Escarpment in Briscoe/Hall/Motley Counties during the morning hours of June 19th, 2013. Flash flooding inundated the Clarendon and Caprock Canyons State Park areas. The mesonet station at Clarendon 2WSW recorded 3.00 inches for the event and the Caprock Canyons State Park station (Quitaque 3NNW) recorded 3.80 inches. Severe flooding on the South Prong of the Little Red River created road closures in the park. Severe downburst winds impacted areas south of the park (from Quitaque to Gasoline to Flomot)...80+mph winds toppled twenty irrigation pivots and caused widespread tree damage. Severe storms would continue southward as the MCS moved into the Big Country with ping-pong size hail and severe winds reaching the Abilene area during the evening hours. A strong outflow boundary (from the MCS) raced west onto the Texas South Plains during the mid-day hours...eventually aiding the development of additional severe storms west of Lubbock...and the tornadic supercell near Sundown, Texas.
Left: South Prong of the Little Red River leaving Caprock Canyons SP. Image Courtesy: Donald Beard, TPWD. Right: Flood damage on the South Prong...the day after..in the park.. Image Credit: TTU.
Plots for Clarendon 2WSW station (3 inches of rain) & Caprock Canyons State Park (Quitaque 3NNW with 3.80 inches of rain) . Meteograms are in standard time. Click on the thumbnail for a larger image.
Lubbock and Amarillo NWS radar storm-total estimates for the June 19th, 2013 heavy rain event.
Left: Visible satellite image showing MCS entering Big Country and outflow boundary moving west through the Texas South Plains. Right: Severe storm on west-side of MCS in Stamford/Jones County area during the afternoon of June 19th...Credit: Jeff Livingston.
During the Flash Flood at Caprock Canyons State Park...all images courtesy Donald Beard, Caprock Canyons State Park...Texas Parks and Wildlife. Click on picture for larger image.
After the Flash Flood at Caprock Canyons State Park...all images courtesy Donald Beard, Caprock Canyons State Park...Texas Parks and Wildlife. Click on picture for larger image.
Lake Theo in Caprock Canyons State Park...almost full after the flood. Image Credit: John Lipe, NWS Lubbock.
I-phone video of the start of the flash flood after the first storm...video credit Donald Beard, Caprock Canyons State Park: CLICK HERE!
I-phone video of whirlpool and debris...video credit Donald Beard, Caprock Canyons State Park: CLICK HERE!
NWS Lubbock Link for the Flooding and Severe Weather on June 19th, 2013: CLICK HERE!