Perilous Times and Climate Change
Severe storms to rumble from southeastern Colorado to Texas
May 18, 2010; 4:20 AM ET
A beautifully captured hail shaft that developed in severe thunderstorm
in Poetry, Texas, on May 16, 2010. Courtesy of AccuWeather.com Facebook
Fan Don McGovern.
Severe storms will target southeastern Colorado, southwestern Kansas,
southwestern Oklahoma and West Texas this afternoon into the overnight.
Some of the storms will become very violent, threatening lives and
As a storm system shifts across the Rockies toward the Plains, it will
gather strength today. Very warm and humid air surging into the
southern High Plains ahead of the storm and some breaks of sunshine
early in the day will all help to set the stage for the severe storms.
Severe Storm Threats in Southern Plains Today
Denver and Pueblo, Colo., Clayton, N.M., Liberal, Kan., Guymon, Okla.,
and Lubbock, Texas, are all at risk for the severe storms.
Wind gusts over 60 mph and hail the size of golf balls and larger are
likely to cause the most damage in communities from southeastern
Colorado to West Texas later today into tonight.
Power outages, downed trees and damage to homes and businesses could
result from the high winds, while large hail can break windows and dent
Downpours will result in flash flooding in some communities. Officials
may be forced to close roads that quickly become covered by water. If
you see a roadway with water over it, turn around and find an alternate
A few of the strongest storms can spawn tornadoes, especially over West
Texas late today into the overnight hours.
To keep alert of severe storm and tornado warnings, weather radios
should be kept on, with the volume turned up, during the overnight
On Wednesday, the ingredients will come together for an outbreak of
tornadoes in Oklahoma and Texas. The jet stream will plunge into the
southern Plains, while very warm and humid air surges in ahead of the
eastward shifting storm over the southern Plains.
Wind gusts over 60 mph, hail the size of golf balls and larger and
flash flooding were the biggest impacts of the storms that hit the Lone
Star state on Monday.
Hail with diameters up to 4.25 inches fell over an area 12 miles south
of Alpine, Texas.
Strong wind gusts caused significant damage to structures in a few
areas late on Monday. In Wall, Texas, two houses had their roofs torn
off and a nearby barn was destroyed.
High winds blew over at least two semi-trucks in Floydada, Texas. Three
roofs were also damaged in the town, including a museum and a gas