Mark Rowlett: Storms hit Wednesday, early Thursday


ABILENE, Texas - Severe thunderstorms moved through much of our region Wednesday evening - bringing damaging winds and some large hail.

A site near Haskell measured 86 mph wind gusts. Winds gusted as high as 82 mph at Mathis Field in San Angelo. Dyess AFB reported wind gusts of 77 mph and a site southwest of Sweetwater had a 73 mph gust. Weinert reported a wind gust of 71 mph. The airport at Breckenridge had a 60 mph gust and Abilene Regional Airport reported the strongest winds measured at 55 mph.

Golf ball size hail fell in the San Angelo area Wednesday evening.

Thunderstorms redeveloped just west of our area early Thursday morning. These storm moved eastward.

The main weather dangers from these storms were frequent lightning, locally heavy rainfall and damaging winds.

Showers should be east of our region before lunchtime Thursday and sunshine is forecast for Thursday afternoon.

Fair skies and milder temperatures are expected for Thursday night. Sunny skies and warm afternoons are expected for Friday through Sunday.

Another cold front could bring back thunderstorm chances to our region for Sunday night.