Large hail, brief tornadoes reported Friday night on South Plains

Reported by: Matt Ernst
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Updated: 10/13/2012 10:29 am
A dynamic weather setup led to scattered severe thunderstorms Friday evening and night (10.11.12). Impressive low-level moisture was in place, drawn in by a strong upper-level storm system traversing the Four Corners and Rockies. The atmosphere was relatively unstable with strong wind shear in place, some of the ingredients we look for when determining severe potential.

Clouds in place most of the day kept things quiet, but a few isolated showers and storms developed mid-afternoon. Once more substantial storms were able to develop before 6 p.m. near Shallowater things got active.

These storms moved to the northeast into Hale County then Floyd County. A tornado was reported by a Skywarn spotter at 7:08 p.m. five miles southeast of Hale Center, about 12 miles northwest of Petersburg. There were no reports of significant damage with this tornado, it was brief.

A little while later, 7:22 p.m., a trained spotter reported another tornado from this storm about eight miles west of Lockney, in Hale County.

While no significant tornado damage was reported, law enforcement relayed reports of car windows broken by hail at the Hale County rest stop on I-27. Hail reports reached as large as baseball-size, or 2.75" diameter, in Hale and Swisher Counties.

Click here - for a timeline of the tornado warning that was issued for Hale and Floyd counties.

In our southwestern counties storm spotters reported a rotating wall cloud and possible funnel in Lea County, just north of Lovington, near McDonald. Again, we haven't received any significant damage reports from this storm...which is always good news.

Here is a list of reports compiled by the NWS Lubbock office:

930 PM CDT FRI OCT 12 2012

..TIME...   ...EVENT...      ...CITY LOCATION...     ...LAT.LON...
..DATE...   ....MAG....      ..COUNTY LOCATION..ST.. ...SOURCE....
            ..REMARKS..

0606 PM     HAIL             SHALLOWATER             33.69N 101.99W
10/12/2012  E1.00 INCH       LUBBOCK            TX   BROADCAST MEDIA

0621 PM     HAIL             HALE CENTER             34.06N 101.84W
10/12/2012  E2.00 INCH       HALE               TX   TRAINED SPOTTER

0621 PM     TSTM WND GST     HALE CENTER             34.06N 101.84W
10/12/2012  E65 MPH          HALE               TX   TRAINED SPOTTER

0639 PM     HAIL             6 N ABERNATHY           33.93N 101.85W
10/12/2012  M2.00 INCH       HALE               TX   TRAINED SPOTTER

0648 PM     HAIL             6 S HALE CENTER         33.98N 101.84W
10/12/2012  E2.75 INCH       HALE               TX   TRAINED SPOTTER

            CRACKED WINDSHIELD

0658 PM     HAIL             HALE CENTER             34.06N 101.84W
10/12/2012  E2.75 INCH       HALE               TX   SKYWARN SPOTTER

0701 PM     HAIL             4 N KRESS               34.42N 101.75W
10/12/2012  E1.75 INCH       SWISHER            TX   BROADCAST MEDIA

0701 PM     TSTM WND GST     4 N KRESS               34.42N 101.75W
10/12/2012  E70 MPH          SWISHER            TX   BROADCAST MEDIA

0708 PM     TORNADO          5 SE HALE CENTER        34.01N 101.78W
10/12/2012                   HALE               TX   SKYWARN SPOTTER

0710 PM     HAIL             TULIA                   34.54N 101.77W
10/12/2012  E1.75 INCH       SWISHER            TX   POLICE DEPT    

0722 PM     TORNADO          8 W LOCKNEY             34.12N 101.58W
10/12/2012                   HALE               TX   TRAINED SPOTTER

            RELAYED BY NWS AMARILLO. SPOTTER REPORTED LOCATION NEAR
            LOCKNEY. TORNADO LOCATED ESTIMATED

0740 PM     HAIL             3 S HALE CENTER         34.02N 101.84W
10/12/2012  E2.75 INCH       HALE               TX   LAW ENFORCEMENT

            CAR WINDOWS BROKEN BY HAIL AT REST STOP ON I-27

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