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Continued Heavy Rain for Portions of Texas and Louisiana; Critical Fire Weather Threats in the Great Basin

Slow moving tropical depression Imelda will produce heavy rain and flooding across southeastern Texas and southwestern Louisiana through late this week. Isolated areas may receive as much as 25 inches of rain, and flash flood watches are in effect, including for the Houston metro area. Active storms in the West will keep fire weather threats elevated to critical in the Great Basin. Read More >

 

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The Red River Valley tornado outbreak of April 10, 1979 is one of the most significant tornado outbreaks that ever occurred in western north Texas and southern Oklahoma. To commemorate this event, the National Weather Service in Norman, Oklahoma has compiled a large amount of information including: tornado photos of the Wichita Falls, Vernon, Seymour, and Harrold, TX tornadoes; damage photos; images of radar and satellite data; other maps and diagrams of the event; and storm data for Oklahoma and western north Texas. We would like to give special recognition to Don Burgess of the Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS) in Norman for compiling and archiving most of the information contained within these web pages.

Two reports can be found on this web site. The NOAA Natural Disaster Report 80-1, "The Red River Valley Tornadoes of April 10, 1979" is available, and a synopsis and discussion of the event by Don Burgess can also be perused from this site. Excerpts from the Texas Department of Water Resources publication, "A Review of Texas' Weather in 1979: The Year of Devastating Tornadoes and Flash Floods," is also available.

 
April 10, 1979 Tornado Track Map