Monday, December 17, 2012

First December Tornado Since 1950 in the Texas Panhandle...

Last Friday, December 14th, severe thunderstorms spawned 3 different tornadoes in the Texas panhandle, an occurrence that had not been observed since at least 1950.

The first tornado took place 3 miles Northeast of Washburn, a second took place 5 miles South/Southeast of Clarendon, and a third tornado touched down 1 mile North/Northwest of Lelia Lake.

The tornado near Washurn was captured on film (in a moving vehicle, thus it's a bit blurry) by B.J. Shipp:

All three of the tornadoes were rated EF-0 intensity by the National Weather Service (NWS).

While severe weather is very common across the Texas Panhandle region during the spring and summer months, December is quite another story, which makes this event rather unusual.  In fact, December is responsible for less than 1 percent of all severe weather that takes place in the panhandle in a given year.

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