New Daily Record High Temps Possible Today & Friday.


Blog updated at 6:10 PM MST.

Temperature Departures From Normal.
Valid At 5 PM MST Thursday Nov 8, 2012.

Temperature Departures From Normal.
Valid At 5 PM MST Friday Nov 9, 2012.

Temperature Departures From Normal.
Valid At 5 PM MST Saturday Nov 10, 2012.

New daily near-record to record-high temperatures will be possible today into Saturday across southeastern New Mexico. Our afternoon highs today are forecast to be in the mid 80's, with a few spots possibly reaching the upper 80's. Mid and high level clouds will be increasing today so this may help to hold our local temps down a few degrees, otherwise a few spots would have had the potential to reach 90. Similar readings are anticipated for Friday, and Saturday will still be unseasonably warm, with highs in the upper 70's to the low 80's. Our highs today and Friday will be running some 10 to 20 degrees above normal for the area.

Normal High - Low Temps & Daily Records.

(30-Year Avgs 1981-2010).
(For November 8th).

Roswell 87 in 2007 Normal (68 - 37)
Artesia 88 in 1934 Normal (70 - 34)
Carlsbad 92 in 1903 Normal (70 - 39)
Carlsbad Arpt 90 in 2005 Normal (70 - 39)
Hobbs 85 in 1973 Normal (69 - 41)
Tatum 84 in 1973 Normal (67 - 33)

Strong Cold Front Arrives By Saturday Night.


Valid At 5 PM MST Friday Nov 9, 2012.

Valid At 5 PM MST Saturday Nov 10, 2012.

Valid At 5 PM MST Sunday Nov 11, 2012.


A strong mid and upper-level trough of low pressure is forecast to swing across New Mexico Friday into Sunday. The core of the upper-level trough will remain north of the state, so the best chances for mountain snows, and lowland rain showers will also remain north of southeastern New Mexico.

In this type of pattern, southeastern New Mexico will remain on the southern end of the trough, which of course means very warm, dry, and windy conditions for us ahead of the approaching storm. Southwesterly winds will increase Friday, but will really get cranking on Saturday. Some gusts are expected to reach 60 mph over the mountain tops and ridges, while gusts of around 40 - 50 mph are forecast for the southeastern plains.

Localized areas of blowing dust will be possible Friday afternoon but more so on Saturday. Be especially careful when driving on our local roads and highways as sudden clouds of dust may pop up without warning in our normally dust prone locations. These include open or exposed lots, construction sites, fields, or freshly plowed or exposed farmlands. The visibility can, and often does, drop down to near zero at times, giving you little time to react to the rapidly changing conditions.

A colder airmass will overspread the area by Sunday as the Pacific cold front pushes eastward across the state Saturday night. Our high temps will be some 10 to 20 degrees below normal by Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday. A hard freeze appears likely for the local area early next week as our overnight low temperatures fall into the 20's. Hopefully this will finish killing off the local bug population, especially the flies.

High mountain snow showers will be possible over the Guadalupe, Sacramento, and Capitan mountains on Sunday. The higher elevations such as Cloudcrot, Sunspot, and Ski Apache may see a couple inches of accumulation out of this storm.

Temperature Departures From Normal.
Valid At 5 PM MST Sunday Nov 11, 2012.

Temperature Departures From Normal.
Valid At 5 PM MST Monday Nov 12, 2012.

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