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On March 24, 2024, a strong upper level system was positioned north of the Texas and Oklahoma Panhandles. A diffuse dryline held in place further west than initially forecast, helping to initiate isolated thunderstorms in the moist sector across the eastern Panhandles. Despite marginal moisture, these storms went on to produce four tornadoes, large hail, and damaging straight-line winds. Three tornadoes were confirmed in Ochiltree County, the strongest of which produced EF-1 damage a few miles south of Perryton, Texas. Another isolated supercell also produced an EF-1 tornado near Shamrock, Texas, damaging the rodeo barn near town. The largest hail observed was golf ball size from the south Perryton storm, and the strongest wind gust observed was 67 mph in Clarendon, Texas. West of the dryline, strong southwest winds developed in the dry sector through the afternoon and early evening hours. As a result, several gusts over 58 mph ushered in plumes of blowing dust to portions of the southwest and central Texas Panhandle.
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