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Very Warm & Dry Across the West; Turning Quite Cool Over Much of the Eastern U.S.

Unusually warm temperatures and continued dry conditions will again result in critical fire weather conditions over portions of California and the Plains. Over the eastern states, much cooler air will return in the wake of a strong cold front. Meanwhile, areas of heavy rainfall are expected to persist over South Florida through at least Saturday. Read More >

Overview

A weather disturbance in combination with moist, unstable air across far southeast Colorado produced a combination of severe hail, severe wind, and a tornado. Strong to marginally severe thunderstorms moved from the eastern mountains, through the I-25 corridor and onto the eastern plains between Noon and 3 p.m. After that, storms developed and quickly became severe across Bent, Las Animas, Kiowa, Prowers, and Baca Counties. Hail was reported to ping pong ball size around Lamar and in areas of eastern Kiowa County.

Shortly before 4 p.m., a strong thunderstorm west of Lamar collapsed, sending a downburst of severe winds through the Lamar Airport and then into Lamar.  Measured wind speeds of 66 mph were clocked at the Lamar Airport.

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