You know how they say if you don’t like the weather in Texas, just wait, it will change. That was certainly true on Monday in Terry County and surrounding areas!
Monday morning saw cloudy skies and mild temperatures. Around 11 a.m. rain began falling. By noon, it was pouring in many parts of the County with hail included. The hail was small and not damaging, for the most part, but many areas saw their yards covered with hail, like snow. Then another round came. And the sun was shining in parts of the sky at the same time!
Folks reported two-tenths of an inch all the way up to an inch in this rain event. And we were all grateful.
The weather turned a little cooler and winds picked up a bit by mid-afternoon. And then . . .
Residents watched as boiling clouds of dirt began to come out of the west sweeping across the land. The haboob was coming! This was around 4:15 p.m. By 4:20 p.m., the western part of the county was covered in a thick cloud of dirt and the winds blew up to 75 mph. Anything not tied down was airborne. Cars were pulled over to the side of the road, as visibility was down to zero. Power was out in many parts of the City.
By 5:45, the worst of it was through the County and just much lighter winds remained. People could finally survey the damage. And on Tuesday, morning we woke up to blue skies and Mother Nature looking at us like she was not guilty of anything at all!
The forecast for Tuesday was for a mild breeze and mild temperatures around 70 degrees. Yes, we certainly ran the weather gamut within a 24 hour period. All we missed was a freeze and snow, which nobody wants right now!
Do you remember the old margarine commercial, “It’s not nice to fool Mother Nature!” ? Let’s don’t mess with her again for a while, okay?
(Some pictures courtesy of Tony Serbantez, Police Chief.)