Mother Nature Won't Deliver.
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Distant dissipating high based t-storms SW of Artesia, NM.
These high based storms produce more wind and lightning
than much needed rainfall.
This alfalfa hay field in Atoka, south of Artesia, is being irrigated
by side-row sprinklers, utilizing Artesian water wells. Even so, many
of the local farmers and ranchers, continue to struggle with the
extreme drought, heat, and water shortage issues.
Next Five Days Offer Hope For Rain.
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Valid From 6 AM This Morning - 6 AM Tue, Jul 26th.
Most of the Land of Enchantment is forecast to see some
much needed rainfall over the next five days. Some areas
will see locally heavy rainfall totals, especially over and
near the mountains.
Sub-tropical moisture (monsoonal flow) from deep within Mexico,
continues to stream northward into the southeastern corner of
Arizona, western and northern New Mexico this morning.
Powerful Hurricane Dora (Category 4) has sustained
winds of 140 mph with gusts near 165 mph. Her central
pressure is 942 MB/27.82". Dora's eye is 20 NM in
diameter. She is moving to the NW at 13 mph.
Some of the moisture from Hurricane Dora may get picked
up by the monsoon, and transported into southern
New Mexico this weekend.
This will have to be watched closely since this could
significantly raise the threat for flash flooding over
the mountains if this should occur.
T-Storm Chances Will Increase Into The Weekend.
Hot weather will continue to plague the Pecos Valley and nearby areas today into the weekend. High temperatures today will range from 100 - 105. Highs tomorrow will range from 100 -102, and 98 - 100 Saturday and Sunday. The humidity has gone up some the afternoons will feel a little hotter than it actually is.
Things are looking up concerning our chances of getting wet over the next five days. Forecast models indicate that the monsoonal flow (see the water vapor satellite image above) will gradually shift a little further eastward with time into this weekend.
Scattered t-storms will be possible across the area today into the weekend. Right now it appears that Saturday will be our best shot. The best chances for rain will be over and near the Guadalupe, Sacramento, and Capitan mountains.
A Flash Flood Watch will be in effect for Lincoln County today into late this evening. T-storms will be capable of producing locally heavy rainfall totals, with rainfall rates of around an inch per hour. This may cause localized flash flooding, especially over and near the burn scar areas from this springs wildfires.
"When Thunder Roars - Go Indoors"
"Turn Around - Don't Drown".
The Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction!