We now have a severe thunderstorm watch for a large chunk of real estate extending from the Permian Basin northeast into Northwest Texas and Southwest Oklahoma. Fort Stockton, Odessa, Midland, Andrews, Lamesa, Brownfield, Lubbock, Big Spring, Snyder, Sweetwater, Childress, and Vernon are a few towns in this watch. The strongest storms may produce damaging hail and wind gusts over 60 MPH before weakening by mid-evening.

Severe Thunderstorm Watch Number 331
NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK
600 PM CDT Wed Jun 14 2017

The NWS Storm Prediction Center has issued a

* Severe Thunderstorm Watch for portions of
Southwest Oklahoma
West/southwest Texas

* Effective this Wednesday night from 600 PM until Midnight CDT.

* Primary threats include…
Isolated very large hail events to 3 inches in diameter possible
Isolated damaging wind gusts to 70 mph possible

SUMMARY…Isolated strong to severe thunderstorms are expected to
develop near a dryline within a hot and relatively moist/unstable
environment. A few supercells capable of large hail and
severe-caliber wind gusts are expected this evening.

The severe thunderstorm watch area is approximately along and 55
statute miles east and west of a line from 35 miles north northwest
of Altus OK to 70 miles south southwest of Midland TX. For a
complete depiction of the watch see the associated watch outline
update (WOUS64 KWNS WOU1).

We have a few severe storms already underway in the Permian Basin and West-Central Texas. These storms are capable of producing hail larger than the size of golf balls. Hail should remain the primary threat this evening, but localized damaging winds are also possible. If we get a particularly intense supercell some very large hail could occur. Additional thunderstorms may develop further northeast into Northwest Texas through 8 PM. By the late evening hours, after 10 PM, storms should be weakening as the cap re-intensifies.