Shortly before nightfall on April 11th, 2020, a severe thunderstorm impacted the Del Rio, Texas area, after significant strengthening occurred across the border near Ciudad Acuña, where a tornado was likely in a rural area, based on radar signatures.
Crossing into the Del Rio vicinity around 8:00 PM, this powerful storm was observed producing hail stones of near baseball-size across town, with a few reports of even larger stones of up to 4 inches in diameter. Widespread hail of small dimensions - over an inch in diameter - also fell while mixed with larger stones.
While no tornado warning was issued in Del Rio for this storm, significant rotation was observed on radar imagery and reportedly produced a funnel cloud at Laughlin AFB, along with continued hail larger than 2 inches in diameter.
Several pictures of this hail were posted on Twitter under #EWXspotter, as well as on Facebook at Del Rio Weather Alerts and the Del Rio News-Herald.
After passing into Kinney County, the rotation within the storm strengthened, leading to a tornado warning near Brackettville, Texas. Large hail, up to 4-inches in diameter, was also reported nearby.
Damage has not yet been assessed in detail at the time of this release. More information may be provided as it is discovered.
STWX Strategic is a meteorology consulting firm in Del Rio, Texas. Dan Schreiber is an American Meteorological Society Certified Consulting Meteorologist, and works directly with attorneys, insurance professionals, emergency responders, and citizens on a variety of weather-related incidents.