Sunday, September 5, 2010

Falls Starts While La Nina Strengthens.

Click On The Photos/Maps To Enlarge Them.
Looking SW From The Junction Of Dark Canyon Rd & St Hwy 137.
I Haven't Seen The Grass This Tall & Thick In This Country In Years.
The 95-100 Degree Temps We Have Seen Lately Is Turning The Grass Brown.
Harmony & Thunder Romping Around In It In The Top Photo.

One Of The Wettest/Greenest Summers In A Long Time.

We went up to Queen, NM yesterday to cut firewood. I could not help but notice how lush and tall the grass is, everywhere. It's been a long time since I have seen this country look this good. This comes as no surprise given the heavy rains that have fallen this summer. The bad news is that this grass is already drying out and turning brown. With the current La Nina getting stronger with time, conditions will be ripe this fall into next spring, for unusually high fire danger conditions across the area.

The Cloudcroft Climate Coop Station has recorded 32.45" of rainfall so far this year. Cloudcroft's long term yearly rainfall average is about 26". Eddy County Skywarn Spotter Daymond Wright, has recorded 27.78" of rain so far this year in Queen. Their long term yearly rainfall average is probably about 16". My brother has recorded 17.48" of rainfall at his ranch/farm in Lakewood so far this year. So far this year I have recorded 13.51" here at our home in Carlsbad, NM. Our long term average here in the Pecos Valley is about 12".

I posted some local yearly totals on yesterdays blog. Just go to the right hand sidebar, and scroll all the way down until you come to "Blog Archives", then open it up, and click on yesterdays date. The CoCoRaHS Web Page is a great place to view current and past rainfall totals in the area.

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Saturday, September 4, 2010

2010 Rainfall Totals Continue To Add Up.

Selected SE NM 2010 Rainfall Totals
(For Sep & Jan 1st - Sep 3rd, 2010)

Chaves County

Elk Climate Sep .18" Yr 13.80"
0.3 SSW Downtown Roswell Sep .11" Yr 13.26"
Roswell Airport Sep .60" Yr 12.94"
7.6 NNW Downtown Roswell Sep .00" Yr 10.10"

Eddy County

33.3 WSW Carlsbad-Queen Sep .92" Yr 27.48"
0.9 NE Lakewood Sep .25" Yr 17.76"
3.1 SSE Carlsbad Sep .39" Yr 15.40"
Downtown Carlsbad Sep 1.54" Yr 14.38"
2.0 N Downtown Carlsbad Sep .97" Yr 14.17"
Carlsbad Climate Sep .37" Yr 14.17"
2.1 NNW Downtown Carlsbad Sep .65" Yr 13.51"
Carlsbad Airport Sep .85" Yr 12.94"
IBGP-20 WNW Carlsbad Sep .75" Yr 12.78"
Artesia Climate Sep .00" Yr 10.73"

Lea County

0.4 NNE Downtown Hobbs Sep .00" Yr 14.28"
26.6 WNW Jal Sep .00" Yr 13.93"
0.9 NNW Lovington Sep .00" Yr 12.85"
8.3 SSE Hobbs Sep .00" Yr 12.33"
1.7 SW Tatum Sep .00" Yr 10.46"
Hobbs Climate Sep .00" Yr 9.26"

Lincoln County

4.4 NW Ruidoso Sep .00" Yr 22.07"
Ruidoso Climate Sep .00" Yr 16.63"
12.5 NW Capitan Sep .00" Yr 14.55"

Otero County

4.9 NE Cloudcroft Sep .01" Yr 32.82"
Cloudcroft Climate Sep .00" Yr 32.45"
0.4 ESE Cloudcroft Sep .00" Yr 30.64"
1.8 SW Cloudcroft Sep .00" Yr 29.66"
0.5 NNW Cloudcroft Sep .00" Yr 29.62"
2.3 S Cloudcroft Sep .00" Yr 28.43"
4.0 E Cloudcroft Sep .00" Yr 27.32"
16 ESE Cloudcroft-Mayhill Sep .00" Yr 23.56"
0.07 N Sunspot Sep .00" Yr 21.36"

Rainfall Totals Are Courtesy Of-

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Friday, September 3, 2010

T-Storms Will End This Morning - Cooler Today.

Downtown Carlsbad Receives 1.51" Of Rain Overnight.
Most Intersections Flooded With 4" - 6" of Water, Curb To Curb At 6:52 AM.

High Temperatures Yesterday-

Paduca Raws Near WIPP 104
NW Hobbs - KM5BS 102
8-Mile Draw Raws 102
Caprock Raws 101
2.1 NNW Downtown Carlsbad 101
Roswell Airport 100
2 SW Tatum 100
Carlsbad Airport 100
Artesia Airport 97
Bat Draw Raws - Carlsbad Caverns 94
Queen Raws 87
Smokey Bear Raws - Near Ruinous 86
Mayhill Raws 85
Cloudcroft Climate 75
Cosmic Raws - Sunspot 74

Rainfall Totals As Of 8 AM MDT-

Queen Raws 1.75"
Bat Draw Raws - Carlsbad Caverns 1.66"
McKittrick Canyon Raws 1.64"
Downtown Carlsbad - OEM Bldg 1.51"
2.0 N Downtown Carlsbad .97"
33.3 WSW Carlsbad - Queen .92"
Dark Canyon Rd Raws .88"
Carlsbad Airport .85"
1.9 NW Downtown Carlsbad .78"
Indian Basin Gas Plant - 20 WNW Carlsbad .75"
2.2 N Downtown Carlsbad .68"
Pinery Raws - Pine Springs .67"
2.1 NNW Downtown Carlsbad .65"
3.4 N Downtown Carlsbad .62"
Roswell Airport .60"
3.1 SSE Carlsbad .39"
Carlsbad Climate .37"
Bowl Raws .33"
0.9 NE Lakewood .25"
Dog Canyon Raws - SW of Queen .20"
5.4 SSE Carlsbad .18"
Roswell Climate .10"
Hobbs Climate .10"
Artesia Airport .02"
4.8 SSE Artesia - Atoka Trace

Rainfall Totals Are Courtesy Of-

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Thursday, September 2, 2010

Severe T-Storms Ahead Of Cold Front Today!

Another hot day is on tap for the area today with our afternoon high temps forecast to reach up into the upper 90's to near 100. A strong cold front will plow southward through SE NM tonight. Much cooler temps are forecast on Friday, with most locations only seeing highs in the 70's. The 90's will return for the weekend.

Scattered T-Storms will develop this afternoon. With forecast wind shear values around 20 knots, and surface based cape values of 1000+ j/kg, some of these T-Storms will become severe. The main severe weather hazards will be large hail, damaging thunderstorm wind gusts in excess of 60 mph, and deadly frequent cloud to ground lightning. Locally heavy rainfall may also produce localized flash flooding with some of the stronger storms.

A Look Back In Local Weather History

A tornado touched down on
South First street in Artesia, NM
and causes $250,000 in damages. The tornado was rated an F0 and was ten yards wide. It blows roofs off of homes, downs trees, power lines, and blows out many windows in nearby homes. The Save More Gas Station canopy was blown in the cemetery east of gas station. The I beams supporting the canopy were twisted like pretzels. A local restaurant had its roof lifted up and then slammed down again while filled with customers. Witnesses said that the tornado was white in color and sounded like a swarm of bees but was barley visible because it was wrapped up in the rain and hail.

September 2nd, 1972- 2.20" of rain fall in Artesia, NM.
September 2nd, 1972- 2.26" of rain falls at the Carlsbad, NM Airport.
September 2nd, 1899- Roswell's high temp 63 after a morning low of 40.

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