By AARON GRAVES
A cold front pulled in moisture and spawned a line of thunderstorms that brought the first measurable rainfall to Dalhart since October 13. A total of 0.17” fell at the airport Friday, December 14. Well, “fell” is too gentle of a word. The rain blasted its way into town on 48 mph wind gusts accompanied by small ice pellets.
Storms south of Dalhart were severe warned, mainly due to winds over 60 mph. Pivots were blown over near Vega. Hail up to one inch in diameter was reported near Boys Ranch.
The line of storms eventually stretched from southern Kansas, through Amarillo, Lubbock, and down to the Midland, Texas area. Three weak tornadoes were reported as the line moved east of Amarillo, the first December tornadoes ever reported in the Texas panhandle. Unfortunately, the weather was blamed for one traffic fatality in Randall County and may have caused a small plane to crash east of Amarillo that killed two more people.
Another cold front will give us a 20% chance of rain or snow on Wednesday. It will kick up the winds, and blowing dust is a possibility. It will drop the temperature to a low of 11 degrees overnight.