And that’s the “bomb cyclone.”
Wow this has been an epic week of weather and I’m personally sad I’ve only experienced some of the rain and wind as I await my chase cation later this Spring.
The record-breaking low pressure system that has marched across the country has brought tornadoes, epic wind, and an extreme blizzard to the heartland. When it comes to weather, this has been a nutty few days.
New Mexico Tornadoes on 3/12
Chaves Co. tornado as seen from Hagerman, NM
— Jorge Torres (@JorgeTWeather) March 13, 2019
New Mexico officially saw its earliest EF2+ tornado on record when this tornado impacted the town of Dexter. March tornadoes in New Mexico are exceptionally rare to begin with, but this twister was particularly stout.
Notably, this tornado looked to have formed on the comma head of the line, as this view is to the north which would put the front of the line to the right of the camera. The tornado literally looks like it is on the very backside of the line, which tends to make conceptual sense. Wild event.
Colorado Blizzard 3/13
— Cory Reppenhagen (@CReppWx) March 14, 2019
This epic system produced wind gusts of over 80 and even 90 miles per hour across the Plains. In some locations this combined with heavy snow to produce an intense blizzard which stranded hundreds of motorists. Some drifts across Colorado have been reported to be almost 10 feet high!
Tornadoes in the Midwest and South – 3/14
TWO TORNADOES CAUGHT ON CAMERA:
— WLWT (@WLWT) March 14, 2019
Finally today, a low cape/high shear environment took shape with an impressive low level jet. Several tornadoes, one of which appearing rather strong, formed in this environment. The video above shows a pair of different tornadoes across Kentucky, one near Lovelaceville and the other Morganfield.
Anytime you get low level shear as strong as today, its a pretty good bet you’ll get at least a few tornadoes.
See more: What is wind shear?
And that wind?
NOT 1 BUT 2 semi trucks flip over in same spot! Winds gusting over 80mph here in Amarillo Tx! EXTREMELY windy. If you are in a high profile vehicle SLOW DOWN! #txwx #highwindwarning pic.twitter.com/fvSrlCFcpk
— Blake Brown (@BlakeBrownWx) March 13, 2019
Check out this video from Blake Brown which shows semis toppling over in the strong winds near Amarillo, Texas.
Widespread wind gusts over 60mph were recorded from Western Oklahoma into the high plains of the Texas Panhandle. Some gusts were recorded at 80mph in the Texas Panhandle.
Looking ahead, we’re due for some quiet weather for a week or so. But it does look like a more active weather pattern will return sometime after the 20th. The heart of storm season is still coming!