Only a day into the summer season, and a late-evening thunderstorm swept across the Del Rio area bringing over an inch of rainfall in less than an hour, as well as wind gusts of 70 mph at Laughlin AFB and 64 mph at Del Rio International Airport. The National Weather Service issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for this storm at 9:18 PM.
Reports of "Green Lightning" were also noted, which is common when hail is present in a storm. While radar indicated some hail presence, only a few reports of small hail were reported via the Del Rio Weather Alerts Facebook Page across the area.
The total precipitation so far for June 2019 in Del Rio (7.78 inches) puts this June as the second-wettest June on record (since 1906), falling behind 1935 when 13.71 inches was recorded.
Severe thunderstorms containing powerful wind gusts are not uncommon during the summer months as high afternoon temperatures prior to a storm help create a lower atmosphere conducive for strong wind plunging down from a thunderstorm's downdraft. This is known as a microburst. This particular storm also contained a distinct bowing shape, indicating powerful wind gust presence, and was well-supported by an upper-tropospheric disturbance aloft, adding to it's severe potential.
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Smalltown Weather Meteorologist Dan Schreiber Partners With Del Rio Weather Alerts Alexander Menchaca At Library For Weather EducationRead Now
Photos by Atzimba Morales, Del Rio News Herald, Published June 21st, 2019
Smalltown Weather Meteorologist Dan Schreiber partnered with Del Rio Weather Alerts Meteorologist Alex Menchaca on Thursday, June 20th, at the Val Verde County Library to bring weather education to the Del Rio community. Approximately 20 members of the Del Rio community attended.
Mr. Schreiber discussed his occupation in Forensic Meteorology, while Mr. Menchaca discussed his weather alerting services via Facebook to the Del Rio area. Both meteorologists have been influential in warning local residents of looming severe weather for several years.
Mr. Schreiber, aided by Mr. Menchaca, then led a short class on the basics of meteorology, including explaining basic weather features, weather maps, types of weather alerts, and weather forecasting.
Mr. Schreiber holds a Bachelor's Degree in Meteorology from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and has a background in the US Air Force. Mr. Menchaca holds his Bachelor's Degree in Meteorology from Texas A&M University and is also a Del Rio native, doubling as an Algebra 1 teacher at the San Felipe-Del Rio CISD Blended Academy and an assistant at the Del Rio Upper Air Observation Station (old National Weather Service office).
If you would like to invite Dan and Alex to speak at your event, please contact Dan via the Contact Form on this website. Alex may be contacted through his Facebook page at Del Rio Weather Alerts.
Rainfall Data as of 7:00 AM Tuesday
By the early morning hours of June 4th, 2019, Del Rio, Texas was already setting record rainfall amounts - with over five inches of rain between the early morning hours of Monday (June 3rd) and Tuesday (June 4th). The Del Rio International Airport precipitation gauge reported a total of 5.14 inches of rain during this period, already putting June 2019 within the top-ten wettest on record (since 1906 records began).
Some areas around the general vicinity have recorded even more rain - Laughlin AFB, for example, although suffering from frequent weather sensor outages, recorded 6.65 inches between 7:00 am Monday and 7:00 am Tuesday - almost entirely within a six hour period.
The majority of the rainfall has been nocturnal - with approximately half of an inch recorded in the Del Rio area early Monday morning, followed by some areas reporting between half and three-quarters of an inch on Monday evening, then persistent heavy rain topping off the rain gauges very early Tuesday morning.
Many areas of flooding were also reported, with numerous road closures across Del Rio and surrounding areas, although many vehicles were noted trapped in low water crossings, despite road barriers in place.
The recent rainfall is in response to a late-spring upper-level disturbance situated over the Desert Southwest. This system has caused an influx of moisture from the Gulf of Mexico (where a tropical disturbance is supplying additional moisture) into the Del Rio vicinity, leaving the air far more humid than typical. Saturated soil from recent rainfall in May has also limited soil absorption, leading to increased flooding concerns during heavy rain events.
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