Friday weather recapApril 20th, 2012 at 10:05 pm by David Mazza under Weather
Another cold front, another lackluster effort for rainfall from mother nature. The majority of our area received little to no rainfall with this latest front. Out at ABIA we picked up just a trace of rain, and out at Camp Mabry a whole 0.02″. To put that into perspective put a dime on a table, and measure about 1/3 of the thickness and that is how much rain we received in Austin. Some spots in our area did do a little better, La Grange picked up about 0.17″, and that was the winner. Overall April has been a very dry month in what has been a wet year. In April Mabry has picked up 0.22″ and ABIA only with 0.09″. We also did have a few small hail reports today as the front rolled through.
1″ diameter hail (quarter sized) was reported 4 miles east of Fischer in Hays county around 1pm this afternoon, and then in Cistern in Fayette county around 1:45pm this afternoon. Those were the only storm reports in our area thankfully, but there were a lot of gusty winds that came with the front as well.
Our friends to the east and southeast did pick up a lot more rain than us this afternoon as the front intensified as it approached the coast. It brought much heavier rain, stronger winds, much larger hail, and even a couple of tornadoes.
The 2 tornado reports on the map were brief touchdowns and there was minor damage reported with one of the tornadoes, but no injuries were reported thankfully. The hail reports in the Coastal Bend and Deep South Texas ranged from 1″-2.75″ (quarter to baseball sized) with one report of 4.5″ diameter (softball sized hail) at the McAllen High School. Most of the high wind reports were for winds of about 60mph.
On the tail of that cold front much drier air moved into the region. This cleared out most of the cloud cover and humidity. The next few nights are going to be nice and cool, great weather to keep a window open and give the a/c a break!