NM region gets almost half of its annual rainfall in 12 hours from supercell storm

With recent “supercell” storms in the extreme eastern corner of New Mexico, primarily in Curry and Quay counties, the region has received almost half of its annual rainfall average in just 12 hours. 

“On the thunderstorm spectrum, supercells are the least common type of thunderstorm, but they have a high propensity to produce severe weather, including damaging winds, very large hail, and sometimes weak to violent tornadoes,” the National Weather Service noted. Tornado activity was spotted near Grady, New Mexico. 

Meteorologist Corbin Voges of Storm Search 7 wrote Friday, “MAJOR RAIN for parts of Quay and northern Curry county last night. Some areas have received nearly 8″ of rain over the last 12 hours. That is almost half of this region’s annual rainfall average!” 

“Strong to severe storms developed just before dark Thursday, May 25th 2023 in eastern New Mexico before training over the same locations through the entire night. These storms produced up to baseball size hail and blanketed areas in white with up to 2″ of hail accumulation on the ground in Lesbia, New Mexico in Quay county,” reported ABC 7 News. 

“This is a major event for this geographical region. To put this into perspective, Tucumcari, New Mexico receives an average of 17 inches of rain per year. This has caused widespread flash flooding in the canyons, streams, creeks and low-lying areas. Tucumcari escaped the heaviest rainfall but still encountered significant flooding in town.”

Some views of the remarkable recent storms have been shared via social media:


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