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North Hobbs, NM Natural Disasters and Weather Extremes

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The chance of earthquake damage in North Hobbs is lower than New Mexico average and is much lower than the national average. The risk of tornado damage in North Hobbs is much higher than New Mexico average and is lower than the national average.

Topics:Earthquake IndexVolcano IndexTornado IndexOther Weather Extremes EventsVolcanos NearbyHistorical Earthquake EventsHistorical Tornado Events

Earthquake Index, #491

North Hobbs, NM
New Mexico

The earthquake index value is calculated based on historical earthquake events data using USA.com algorithms. It is an indicator of the earthquake level in a region. A higher earthquake index value means a higher chance of an earthquake.

Volcano Index, #370

North Hobbs, NM
New Mexico

The volcano index value is calculated based on the currently known volcanoes using USA.com algorithms. It is an indicator of the possibility of a region being affected by a possible volcano eruption. A higher volcano index value means a higher chance of being affected.

Tornado Index, #12

North Hobbs, NM
New Mexico

The tornado index value is calculated based on historical tornado events data using USA.com algorithms. It is an indicator of the tornado level in a region. A higher tornado index value means a higher chance of tornado events.

Other Weather Extremes Events

A total of 1,284 other weather extremes events within 50 miles of North Hobbs, NM were recorded from 1950 to 2010. The following is a break down of these events:

Avalanche:0Blizzard:0Cold:0Dense Fog:0Drought:17
Dust Storm:0Flood:143Hail:768Heat:1Heavy Snow:4
High Surf:0Hurricane:0Ice Storm:0Landslide:0Strong Wind:8
Thunderstorm Winds:322Tropical Storm:0Wildfire:0Winter Storm:2Winter Weather:5

Volcanos Nearby

No volcano is found in or near North Hobbs, NM.

Historical Earthquake Events

No historical earthquake events that had recorded magnitudes of 3.5 or above found in or near North Hobbs, NM.

No historical earthquake events found in or near North Hobbs, NM.

Historical Tornado Events

A total of 15 historical tornado events that had recorded magnitude of 2 or above found in or near North Hobbs, NM.

Distance (miles)DateMagnitudeStart Lat/LogEnd Lat/LogLengthWidthFatalitiesInjuriesProperty DamageCrop DamageAffected County
5.11982-05-27232°42'N / 103°08'W0025.0M0Lea
9.11991-06-06232°42'N / 103°22'W32°38'N / 103°04'W17.50 Miles150 Yards00250K0Lea
9.71991-06-06232°38'N / 103°12'W32°38'N / 103°04'W10.00 Miles150 Yards05250K0Lea
9.71991-06-06232°38'N / 103°12'W32°38'N / 103°04'W10.00 Miles150 Yards00250K0Lea
12.11991-06-06232°36'N / 103°08'W32°36'N / 103°03'W4.50 Miles100 Yards00250K0Lea
19.41954-05-17332°58'N / 103°22'W000K0Lea
20.91960-07-24232°58'N / 103°24'W0025K0Lea
23.21972-06-14233°06'N / 103°13'W000K0Lea
26.71982-05-12232°32'N / 102°43'W32°45'N / 102°40'W15.00 Miles100 Yards0172.5M0Gaines
27.01969-04-19332°42'N / 102°40'W0.10 Mile50 Yards003K0Gaines
30.61982-05-12232°25'N / 102°45'W32°32'N / 102°43'W6.00 Miles100 Yards000K0Andrews
32.91957-05-15233°11'N / 102°50'W2.00 Miles33 Yards0025K0Yoakum
33.52007-03-23233°07'N / 103°27'W33°15'N / 103°25'W8.00 Miles880 Yards0028K0KLea
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: At 4:50 pm MDT, spotters indicated the presence of two wall clouds. Primary indications are that the new wall cloud spawned a second tornado with the supercell thunderstorm 7 1/2 miles west of the community of McDonald, just south of Lea County Road 147. Survey of damage along county road 147 led to an estimation of tornado width of 50 yards at this point. The tornado continued to intensify as it moved northeast. Significant damage was seen 7 1/2 miles southwest of Tatum over ranchland. At this location, 13 wooden power poles were damaged, three snapped off at ground level and others snapped three to twelve feet above ground. A water trough weighing an estimated 300 pounds was thrown from the tornado for several hundred feet. The tornado was visually estimated to be a half mile in width and described as clean in appearance. Damage along this track supports this estimate. It is believed that this tornado lifted just south of N.M. Highway 380, six and a half miles west of Tatum. Spotters also confirmed that the tornado exhibited multiple vortex structure at times during its life cycle. EPISODE NARRATIVE: Around 12:30 pm MDT on Friday, March 23, thunderstorms began to develop over the Guadalupe Mountains of Eddy County. Thunderstorms continued to rapidly develop, becoming severe over portions of Eddy County at 1:45 pm MDT. Thunderstorms also were developing over eastern portions of Culberson County during this time and these thunderstorms would eventually affect Lea County later in the afternoon. At 3:39 pm MDT, a thunderstorm located in western portions of Lea County just northwest of the community of Halfway began to exhibit supercellular characteristics. This prompted the issuance of a Severe Thunderstorm Warning at 3:42 pm MDT for western portions of Lea county. As the supercell thunderstorm moved northeast at 30 mph, the storm continued to intensify. The presence on radar of an intensifying mesocyclone (storm rotation) and a bounded weak echo region, along with key spotter information relayed into our office through amateur radio Net Control Operations prompted an upgrade to a tornado warning. Spotters indicated a developing wall cloud over the area had become fully formed with increasing surface wind inflow. A tornado warning was issued for northern portions of Lea County at 4:28 pm MDT.
35.01961-06-18232°37'N / 102°33'W0225K0Gaines
41.21997-04-10232°43'N / 102°25'W32°43'N / 102°25'W2.60 Miles250 Yards0080K0Gaines
 Brief Description: This second tornado was spawned about two miles east of were tornado #1 dissipated. This tornado tracked to the northeast and overturned two center-pivot irrigation systems. The second system looked as if a couple of sections had become airborne from the resulting damage which snapped off a large wheel. The beginnings of a monster storm were in western Andrews County along the dry line and began moving to the northeast. Just after leaving Seminole in central Gaines County this storm became a supercell and turned almost straight east. According to the KMAF 88D average storm movement was 221 degrees at 26 kt, but this supercell turned and slowed to 268 degrees at 14 kt (47 degrees to the right at 54% speed). The storm continued into the Texas South Plains where it produced numerous other tornadoes and caused one fatality. The environment for the storms according to the rawinsonde sounding that evening on the SHARP workstation showed a buoyancy of about 2800 J/kg for the best lifted parcel and 1700 J/kg for a mean low level parcel. A cap of 65 J/kg kept other storms from forming in the area.

* The information on this page is based on the global volcano database, the U.S. earthquake database of 1638-1985, and the U.S. Tornado and Weather Extremes database of 1950-2010.

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