On April 14, a severe storm developed rapidly near the New Mexico, Texas and slowly moved east into the southwest portion of the Texas Panhandle. This storm quickly produced hail in excess of 2.5 inches, and by 2305 UTC, had produced a tornado near Dimmitt, TX. Multiple tornadoes would be observed with this storm. Finally, given the slow motion of the severe storm, flash flooding became a hazard as well. Over 15 inches of (radar-derived) rainfall was recorded just north of Dimmitt.
GOES-16 mesoscale sector #2 provided 1-min imagery of storm development and evolution. Below is a 1-min, 0.64 um visible (0.5 km) animation of the storm between 2309 and 2359 UTC, during which a large tornado was reported. Given the close proximity to sunset, storm top features such as overshooting tops and above anvil cirrus plumes are especially evident. The persistent overshooting tops (dome features with adjacent shadow to east) suggest a persistently strong updraft, potential severe weather, and heavy precip threat. Above anvil cirrus plumes (smooth feature downwind of overshooting top) are also indicators of strong updrafts, and occur when overshooting tops extending well above the tropopause inject moisture into the stratosphere. Additionally, the rapid expansion of the cirrus anvil signals continued storm growth. Just southwest of the storm, cumulus clouds could be seen racing towards the updraft, representing strong inflow.
– Bill Line, NWS
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