June 15th is generally regarded as the “end” of Texoma severe weather season, so here’s a recap on what was an especially rough one:
Feb 10: Lone Grove: EF4 killer tornado: Storm began in Montague County, Texas and moved northeast at 40mph; it damaged or destroyed over 100 structures in Lone Grove; eight homes in the Majestic Hills area north of Ardmore also received severe to catastrophic damage.
Eight people died in this fierce storm and over 40 were injured. This is the highest Texoma tornado death toll since the Paris tornado of 1982.
March 26: Sherman: Huge hail: Severe hail to baseball size in Sherman; millions of dollars in roof and vehicle damage. This same storm broke out the windows of homes at St. Jo, TX in Montague County earlier in the evening. Muenster in Cooke County also received damaging hail from this Supercell storm.
April 29-30: Montague/Love/Cooke Counties: Extreme rainfall of 10-16”; Lake Texoma rose to 629 feet
May 8: Dorchester and Van Alstyne: Wind damage (65-75mph); hail to golfball size in Fannin and Grayson Counties
May 13: Murray County: Trees down and power out in Davis. Winds to 89mph.
June 3: Durant: Wind damage from Microburst; a 12-block area affected with downed trees, power lines, and sign damage. At least one home severely damaged when a tree fell on it.
June 10: Sulphur: Widespread straight-line wind damage; winds of 65-80mph along a squall line
There are plenty of smaller events I did not mention: these were the most significant ones so far in 2009.
No doubt we will have more severe weather episodes during the remainder of 2009, but statistics suggests we've seen a large percentage of this year's share already.
Now cometh the heat!