A Tad Bit Chilly This Morning - Turning Cooler Friday Night.

Regional Temperatures @ 6 AM MDT This Morning.

Regional Temperatures @ 6 AM MDT This Morning.

NWS Mesonet Low Temps Reported As Of 6 AM MDT This Morning.

Southeast Of Roswell, New Mexico.

Cottonwood - Northwest Of Artesia, New Mexico.

Atoka - South-Southeast Of Artesia, NM.

Update 3:45 PM MDT-

Tatum (Tatum Mesonet Station) had a low temp this morning of 32F. Artesia recorded a low of 34F at their Climate Co-Op Station located 6 miles south-southeast of town, at the NMSU SEBS. Roswell recorded a low of 36F at their Climate Co-Op Station. Eagle Nest recorded a low of 11F.

Average / Earliest First Freeze Dates-

Roswell Oct 2 / Sept 27,1901
Hope Oct 29 / Oct 7, 1924
Artesia Oct 26 / Sept 28, 1968
Carlsbad Nov 2 / Sept 29, 1909

Hobbs Nov 4 / Oct 8, 1976
Jal Nov 1 / Oct 7, 1952
Tatum Oct 23 / Sept 20, 1971

Elk Oct 11 / Sept 19, 2006
Ruidoso Sept 22 / Aug 6, 1978
Cloudcroft Oct 2 / Sept 2, 1972

WRF/NAM Temperature Forecast @ 8 PM MDT Friday.

WRF/NAM Temperature Forecast @ 6 AM MDT Saturday.

WRF/NAM Temperature Forecast @ 3 PM Saturday.

Local temperatures have climbed up into the upper 60's to the low 70's across southeastern New Mexico this afternoon. Friday will see our afternoon highs in the low-mid 70's.

Yet another cold front is forecast to arrive in the area tomorrow afternoon - evening. Strong northerly winds will gust up to or over 30 mph with the frontal passage. Colder air will once again overspread the local area. Artesia is now forecast to have a low temp of 34F Saturday morning, and Hobbs 35F. 

So some locations in the area may very well see a light frost/freeze.


A thick deck of low clouds acting like a blanket has kept our low temperatures from falling as low as they could have this morning. My low temp here in Carlsbad has only been 46. These clouds will burn off by noontime, and a beautiful afternoon with highs in the low-mid 70's is forecast for most of  SE NM.

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