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May 21, 2012 Severe Storms
The combination of an unstable air mass, a retreating frontal boundary, and an approaching upper-level disturbance ignited a round of severe thunderstorms across eastern New Mexico and the western Texas Panhandle.  One supercell thunderstorm develop over Oldham County, Texas and slowly drifted southward.  This storm produced a tornado 4 miles northwest of Adrian and hail up to the size of golfballs in Adrian. The tornado was rated EF-0 with winds estimated of 65 mph.  It was on the ground for 3 minutes with a path length of 1,000 yards.  The tornado was estimated to be 100 yards wide. The supercell thunderstorm eventually was overtaken by a line of storms moving out of eastern New Mexico.  A squall line of thunderstorms became well-established across the southwestern Texas Panhandle and moved to the southeast.  This line of storms quickly became a wind threat, and in fact, a 61-mph wind gust was recorded in downtown Amarillo.
May 21, 2012 Severe Reports
KAMA storm relative velocity at 8:37 p.m. KAMA base reflectivity at 8:37 p.m.
Tornado 5 miles NW of Adrian, TX.  (Courtesy of Chris Kimble) Supercell facing west on I-40 west of Vega, TX.  (Courtesy of Jason Persoff)
Tornado due west of Vega, TX.  (Courtesy of Jason Persoff) Tornado becoming rain-wrapped west of Vega, TX.  (Courtesy of Jason Persoff)
Southeast of Adrian looking northwest.  (Courtesy of Wesley Luginbyhl)