Notable Wx Events for North Texas in 2007

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORT WORTH TX
400 PM CST SUN DEC 30 2007

…TOP WEATHER STORIES OF 2007 IN NORTH TEXAS…

WITH THE YEAR WINDING DOWN…THIS MARKS A GOOD TIME TO TAKE A LOOK
BACK AT THE 2007 WEATHER YEAR. BY ALL ACCOUNTS…IT WAS A
SIGNIFICANT…TUMULTUOUS…AND SOMETIMES DEADLY YEAR. WHILE WE HAD
NUMEROUS NOTEWORTHY EVENTS THROUGH THE YEAR…WE CONSIDER THE FIVE
LISTED BELOW AS THE MOST SIGNIFICANT FOR OUR AREA.

1. FLOODING FROM MARCH THROUGH JULY. RECORD RAINFALL POUNDED NORTH
TEXAS DURING THE FIRST HALF OF 2007. THE RESULTING FLOODING CAUSED
OVER 100 MILLION DOLLARS WORTH OF DAMAGE AND WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR AT
LEAST 26 DEATHS ACROSS NORTH TEXAS. THE NWS ISSUED OVER 500 FLASH
FLOOD WARNINGS AND MORE THAN 1000 RIVER FLOOD FORECASTS FOR NORTH
TEXAS DURING THE PROLONGED EVENT. DESPITE THE DRY CONDITIONS WE HAVE
SEEN THIS FALL…2007 WILL RANK IN THE TOP FIVE ANNUAL RAINFALL
AMOUNTS FOR WACO AND FOR DFW AIRPORT.

2. FEBRUARY 24 WIND AND DUST STORM. A POWERFUL LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM
IN THE CENTRAL PLAINS BROUGHT A WIDE SWATH OF STRONG WINDS TO NORTH
TEXAS. SUSTAINED WINDS WERE IN THE 40 MPH RANGE…WITH GUSTS
FREQUENTLY REACHING 50 TO 60 MPH. WIDESPREAD INCIDENTS OF WIND
DAMAGE AND FIRES CAUSED BY ARCING POWER LINES WERE REPORTED.
OPERATIONS WERE SUSPENDED AT AREA AIRPORTS. THE WINDS ALSO BROUGHT A
HUGE CLOUD OF BLOWING DUST…WITH VISIBILITIES AS LOW AS ONE MILE AT
DFW AIRPORT.

3. APRIL 13 TORNADOES. A LINE OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS PRODUCED LARGE
HAIL AND DAMAGING WIND IN AREAS WEST OF INTERSTATE 35. AS THE STORMS
NEARED THE METROPLEX…THEY PRODUCED SEVERAL TORNADOES ALONG THE
INTERSTATE 20-INTERSTATE 30 CORRIDOR. THE MOST SIGNIFICANT TORNADO
OCCURRED IN HALTOM CITY. THIS TORNADO KILLED ONE PERSON AND CAUSED
AT LEAST TWO MILLION DOLLARS IN DAMAGE. HAIL UP TO BASEBALL SIZE
FELL WITH THE STORMS. THE HAIL CAUSED ADDITIONAL DAMAGE IN EXCESS OF
SIX MILLION DOLLARS.

4. EASTER WEEKEND SNOW. DURING THE MONTH OF APRIL…BOTH WACO AND
DALLAS-FORT WORTH AVERAGE LESS THAN 0.1 INCH OF SNOW. HOWEVER…ON
APRIL 7 AND 8…AREAS SOUTH OF THE INTERSTATE 20 CORRIDOR RECEIVED A
SIGNIFICANT SNOWFALL. WACO AIRPORT MEASURED 3.5 INCHES OF SNOW. THIS
WAS THE LARGEST SNOW TOTAL FOR WACO IN OVER 25 YEARS. OVER FOUR
INCHES OF SNOW WAS REPORTED IN COMANCHE AND BELL COUNTIES. FOR NORTH
TEXAS…THIS WAS ONLY THE SEVENTH APRIL WINTER WEATHER EVENT ON
RECORD.

5. MAY 2 SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS. DURING THE LATE AFTERNOON AND EVENING
OF MAY 2…TWO LINES OF WIND-PRODUCING THUNDERSTORMS MOVED ACROSS
MUCH OF NORTH TEXAS. WIND GUSTS OF 80 TO 100 MPH WERE REPORTED ALONG
AND SOUTH OF THE INTERSTATE 20 CORRIDOR. THE STORMS CAUSED TWO
DEATHS AND TWO INJURIES. DAMAGE WAS IN EXCESS OF THREE MILLION
DOLLARS.

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06/25

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Putnam has been storm chasing since 1990 and is a co-founder of Hook-Echo.com. For his day job, Putnam works in emergency management for information technology.
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