May Begins As April Ends: The 11th Tornado Of The Season

May 4, 2008 at 3:45 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

By Steve MacLaughlin

A cold front slammed into Norh Texas Friday morning. Although the front moved thru the metroplex with no more than some rain and lightning, the line of storms quickly went severe east of Dallas. The 11th tornado of the season hit Canton in Van Zandt County.

9 of the 11 twisters happened in what turned out to be an incredibe and remarkable April. Below is the April summary issued by the National Weather Service in Fort Worth and also available on their website:

APRIL 2008 LIVED UP TO THE MONTH/S REPUTATION OF BEING STORMY.
SEVERE WEATHER WAS REPORTED ACROSS PART OF NORTH TEXAS ON NINE
DAYS…AND ON SIX OF THOSE DAYS THERE WERE TORNADOES REPORTED.

DURING THE EVENING OF APRIL 3RD THROUGH THE MORNING OF APRIL 4TH…
STRONG TO SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS MOVED ACROSS THE NORTHERN PART OF
NORTH TEXAS.  THESE STORMS PRODUCED LARGE HAIL…FROM THE SIZE OF
PENNIES UP TO THE SIZE OF SOFTBALLS….AS THEY MOVED FROM THE
WICHITA FALLS AND OLNEY AREAS…EAST ACROSS MONTAGUE…COOKE…
DENTON…WISE…HUNT AND LAMAR COUNTIES.

ON THE MORNING OF THE 4TH….OTHER SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS MOVED ACROSS
THE SOUTHERN PART OF NORTH TEXAS. THESE STORMS PRODUCED QUARTER TO
GOLFBALL SIZE HAIL.

DURING THE EVENING OF APRIL 8TH….THERE WERE REPORTS OF POSSIBLE
BRIEF TORNADO TOUCHDOWNS IN CORYELL COUNTY WEST THROUGH SOUTHEAST OF
GATESVILLE BUT THERE WERE NO REPORTS OF TORNADO DAMAGE. GOLFBALL HAIL
ALSO ACCOMPANIED THESE STORMS…AND AS THEY MOVED FARTHER EAST…THEY
PRODUCED PENNY TO GOLFBALL SIZE HAIL IN MCLENNAN COUNTY.

ALSO DURING THE EVENING OF THE 8TH THROUGH EARLY MORNING OF THE
9TH…STRONG TO SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS MOVED ACROSS NORTH TEXAS ALONG
AND NORTH OF INTERSTATE 20…FROM CISCO THROUGH THE DALLAS FORT WORTH
METROPLEX.  THESE STORMS PRODUCED PENNY TO GOLFBALL SIZE HAIL.

A SEVERE WEATHER OUTBREAK BEGAN IN NORTH TEXAS DURING THE AFTERNOON
OF APRIL 9TH AND CONTINUED THROUGH THE MORNING OF APRIL 10TH. THE
THUNDERSTORMS THAT MOVED ACROSS NORTH TEXAS ALSO PRODUCED LARGE
HAIL…PENNY TO SOFTBALL SIZE….AND 60 TO 80 MPH. TORNADOES PRODUCED
DAMAGE ACROSS STEPHENS…PALO PINTO…COLLIN…DALLAS…AND JOHNSON
COUNTIES. IN ADDITION TO THE TORNADOES…STRONG STRAIGHT LINE WINDS
ALSO CAUSED DAMAGE ACROSS PARTS OF COMANCHE…SOMERVELL…HOOD…
TARRANT…DALLAS…COLLIN…GRAYSON…LAMAR…DELTA…NAVARRO…
HILL…ELLIS…FREESTONE…VAN ZANDT AND BELL COUNTIES. THE DAMAGE
RESULTING FROM THESE WINDS SERVED AS A REMINDER THAT STRONG STRAIGHT
LINE WINDS CAN BE AS DAMAGING AS A EF-0 OR EF1 TORNADO.

WITH THE MONTH BEING MORE THAN HALFWAY OVER…THE SEVERE WEATHER
RETURNED ON APRIL 17TH AS THUNDERSTORMS ONCE AGAIN ROLLED ACROSS
NORTH TEXAS. THERE WAS A BRIEF TORNADO TOUCHDOWN IN PARKER COUNTY
ABOUT 6 TO 7 MILES NORTH OF ALEDO.  FORTUNATELY…NO SIGNIFICANT
DAMAGE WAS REPORTED.  OTHER STORMS PRODUCED 60 TO 65 MPH WINDS
ACROSS TARRANT…DALLAS…JOHNSON…ELLIS AND MILAM COUNTIES.
PENNY TO GOLFBALL HAIL ACCOMPANIED THE STORMS FROM YOUNG AND STEPHENS
COUNTIES EASTWARD TO NORTHEAST OF DALLAS.  THERE WAS A TORNADO
ABOUT 5 MILES WEST OF LIPAN.

THUNDERSTORMS MOVED IN FROM WEST TEXAS LATE AFTERNOON ON APRIL 23RD
AND AFFECTED NORTH TEXAS THROUGH THE MORNING OF THE 24TH. LARGE
HAIL…UP TO SIZE OF BASEBALLS…AND 60 TO 70  MPH WINDS ACCOMPANIED
SOME OF THESE STORMS. TORNADOES ON APRIL 23RD CAUSED DAMAGED ACROSS
PARTS OF ERATH…PALO PINTO…HOOD…JOHNSON AND SOUTHWESTERN TARRANT
COUNTIES. THE TORNADO THAT MOVED ACROSS JOHNSON COUNTY WAS THE MOST
INTENSE ONE SO FAR THIS YEAR…EARNING AN EF-2 RATING ON THE ENHANCED
FUJITA SCALE. THIS STORM DAMAGED RESIDENCES AND STORAGE BUILDINGS IN
WEST CROWLEY.

SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS MOVED ACROSS THE SOUTHERN PART OF NORTH TEXAS
FROM LATE AFTERNOON THROUGH THE EVENING OF APRIL 25TH.  THERE WAS A
BRIEF TORNADO TOUCHDOWN IN THE BELTON AREA.  ALTHOUGH THERE WERE NO
REPORTS OF SIGNIFICANT TORNADO DAMAGE…GOLFBALL TO BASEBALL HAIL
ACCOMPANIED THE STORM AS IT MOVED ACROSS BELL COUNTY.  THESE STORMS
BROKE SKYLIGHTS AND CAR WINDSHIELDS IN BELTON.  OTHERWISE…THERE
WERE REPORTS OF PENNY TO GOLFBALL SIZE HAIL FROM MCLENNAN COUNTY
NORTHEAST ACROSS HILL AND NAVARRO COUNTIES. THERE WERE REPORTS OF
PENNY TO PING PONG BALL SIZE HAIL ACROSS MILAM AND ROBERTSON
COUNTIES.

LARGE HAIL ACCOMPANIED SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS THAT MOVED ACROSS THE
WESTERN AND SOUTH CENTRAL PARTS OF NORTH TEXAS DURING THE EVENING
OF APRIL 26 THROUGH THE MORNING OF APRIL 27TH.  PENNY TO BASEBALL
HAIL OCCURRED ACROSS EASTLAND…COMANCHE…ERATH AND BOSQUE
COUNTIES.

—————————————————————-
THE TREND OF ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES CONTINUED WITH DALLAS FORT
WORTH AIRPORT REPORTING AN AVERAGE HIGH OF 77.9 DEGREES WHICH
WAS 2.0 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. THE AVERAGE LOW WAS 55.0 DEGREES
WHICH WAS 1.0 DEGREE ABOVE NORMAL.

APRIL PRECIPITATION WAS ABOVE NORMAL ACROSS MOST OF NORTH TEXAS.
THE MAIN AREA THAT WAS BELOW NORMAL WAS SOUTHEAST OF AN ATHENS TO
LAMPASAS LINE.

PRECIPITATION AT DALLAS FORT WORTH WAS 3.85 INCHES…0.65 INCHES
ABOVE NORMAL.

YEAR-TO-DATE TOTALS ARE NEAR OR ABOVE NORMAL ACROSS MUCH OF NORTH
TEXAS.

——————————————————————–

                     APRIL PRECIPITATION

                  2008    NORMAL   DEPARTURE

DFW AIRPORT       3.85     3.20      +0.65
WACO              5.20     2.99      +2.21

DALLAS LOVE       3.85     3.46      +0.39
FTW MEACHAM       4.36
DAL-EXECUTIVE     3.90
FTW-ALLIANCE      6.98
ARLINGTON         4.09     3.38      +0.71

DENTON            2.91     3.30      -0.39
MCKINNEY          6.15     3.65      +2.50
TERRELL           4.97     3.77      +1.20
MINERAL WELLS     2.47     2.75      -0.28
CORSICANA         3.62     3.39      +0.23
——————————————————————–

                  YEAR-TO-DATE PRECIPITATION
              (JANUARY 1, 2008 – APRIL 30, 2008)

                  2008    NORMAL   DEPARTURE

DFW AIRPORT      12.44    10.53      +1.91
WACO             12.09     9.80      +2.29

DALLAS LOVE      14.59    10.79      +3.80
FTW MEACHAM      11.48
DAL-EXECUTIVE    14.84
FTW-ALLIANCE     14.94
ARLINGTON        11.57    11.28      +0.29

DENTON           11.87    10.61      +1.26
MCKINNEY         18.22    12.36      +5.86
TERRELL          14.96    12.52      +2.44
MINERAL WELLS     8.91     8.85      +0.06
CORSICANA        12.08    12.30      -0.22

Steve Mac, Sunday, May 4th

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  1. Wow. I didn’t notice that this is the 11th Tornado this season… Hope we won’t have any big tornado outbreaks this season… Thanks for the nice info…


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