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Afternoon T-Storms Return.

A few widely scattered rain showers and thunderstorms dotted the late afternoon landscape yesterday. A few of these storms persisted well into the evening, with yet another round early this morning, scattered across the southeastern plains of New Mexico.

 Some of the heavier 24-hour totals reported as of 7 AM MDT this morning include-

4.9 NE Cloudcroft .49"
Sierra Blanca Snotel - Near Ski Apache .40"
Cloudcroft Climate .31"
Queen - 33.3 WSW Carlsbad .30"
1.8 SW Cloudcroft .30"
2.3 S Cloudcroft .25"
0.4 ESE Cloudcroft .23"
0.3 SSW Roswell .22"
8 S Pinon .21"
Roswell Airport .15"
1.7 WNW Ruidoso .12"
Smokey Bear Raws - Ruidoso .12"
Sacramento Peak - Sunspot .11"
Cottonwood - North of Artesia .05"
Artesia Airport .04"
3.5 NNE Artesia .02"
2.1 NNW Downtown Carlsbad .02"

High temperatures on Sunday include the following-

Paduca Raws - Near WIPP 102
8-Mile Draw Raws - NE of Roswell 101
Caprock Raws 100
Roswell Airport 100
Carlsbad Airport 99
2.1 NNW Downtown Carlsad 99
Artesia Airport 97

Queen Raws 87
Capitan Climate 85
Elk Climate 85
Mayhill Raws 83
Weed - DRO 82
Smokey Bear Raws - Ruidoso 80

Sierra Blanca Regional Airport 77
Dry Canyon - East of Cloudcroft 71
Cloudcroft Climate 69
Sacramento Peak - Sunspot 68

Fairly typical late July weather conditions are anticipated this week. Hot afternoons with highs in the upper 90's to near 100 will prevail this week. Scattered afternoon and evening thunderstorms will continue each afternoon as well. The mountains will see the most activity. Some of these storms may persists well into the night at times.

 A few of the stronger storms will be capable of producing moderate to locally heavy rainfall. This may cause some localized flash flood problems over and below the burn scar areas. An increase in thunderstorm activity is forecast for Wednesday and Thursday, as a southward moving cold front enters the area, and interacts with westward moving disturbances coming out of Texas.

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