On This Day in Texas South Plains Weather History

December 12th

1993: A late season thunderstorm squall line formed near the Texas-New Mexico border early this afternoon before sweeping eastward across the South Plains and parts of the Panhandle. Many tree limbs, large trees, sheds and power poles suffered damage as these storms passed. Thunderstorm winds also blew out several automobile and home windows and damaged roofs and fences throughout the region. Dozens of power lines were felled in Lamb County. Hale County was also hit particularly hard with wind damage throughout the city of Plainview. A large cotton gin/warehouse collapsed in Cotton Center. Also, lightning struck a two story farm house five miles east of Plainview causing a fire that totally consumed the home. The squall line then raced off the Caprock before producing a measured wind gust of 63 mph at Childress.

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Event entries are comprised primarily of significant or noteworthy weather events that occurred within the NWS Lubbock forecast area. In some cases, historic events from neighboring NWS forecast offices and even a few unique astronomical events are included. Except where noted, the majority of this information was obtained from official NCDC Storm Data publications.