Historical Review Of January 10th, 11th, 12th, 1962 Local Temperatures.


Beautiful - Sunny - Warm Today.

Ruidoso, NM Web Cam Snapshot @ 11:12 AM MST This Morning.

Cloudcroft, NM Web Cam Snapshot @ 11:11 AM MST This Morning.

Its a beautiful day across southeastern New Mexico. You just can't hardly ask for any better weather than what we have going on today. As of 12:30 PM this afternoon my thermometer has already climbed up to 68F.

 But a look back into the local historical climatology records reminds us that January can be see some brutally cold temperatures as was the case on January 10th, 11th, and 12th in 1962.

January 10th, 11th, 12th, 1962 Cold Outbreak.


I was only four years old when this historic event occurred in southeastern New Mexico. So no I don't remember it...but a lot of local folks a little older than me do. Some locations in the valleys had colder temperatures than some of the mountain locations.

 As is typical with many really cold arctic outbreaks there wasn't a lot of snowfall...but enough to make a difference. Cloudcroft had 20" of snow on the ground, Ruidoso 4", Elk 3.5", Artesia and Carlsbad had 3" on the ground, and Roswell had  1".

Carlsbad established its all-time record low temperature of -18F on the morning of the 11th. Lake Avalon also recorded a low of -18F that morning. Artesia checked in with a low of -20F, the Bittler Lakes Wildlife Refuge -22F, and Roswell -24F. Capitan recorded the lowest temperature in the local area with a low of -29F on the morning of the 11th. They had 4" of snow on the ground.

Eagle Nest in the northern New Mexico Sangre de Cristo Mountains recorded a low of -47F.

High/Low Temps-

Chaves County-

Bitter Lakes Wild Life Refuge
 Climate Co-Op Station

Jan 10th High 13 Low 3
Jan 11th High 11 Low -22
Jan 12th High 35 Low -11

Roswell Weather Service Office

Jan 10th High 11 Low -9
Jan 11th High 10 Low -24
Jan 12th High 27 Low -10

Elk Climate Co-Op Station

Jan 10th High 30 Low -24
Jan 11th High 50 Low -19
Jan 12th High 50 Low 11

Eddy County-

Artesia Climate Co-Op Station

Jan 10th High 19 Low 4
Jan 11th High 12 Low -20
Jan 12th High 21 Low -16

Lake Avalon Climate Co-Op Station

Jan 10th High 20 Low 4
Jan 11th High 10 Low -18
Jan 12th High 20 Low -6

Carlsbad Climate Co-Op Station

Jan 10th High 23 Low 6
Jan 11th High 18 Low -16
Jan 12th High 22 Low -3

Carlsbad Airport

Jan 10th High 14 Low 1
Jan 11th High 17 Low -18
Jan 12th High 31 Low -2

Potash Mine Climate Co-Op Station

Jan 10th High 21 Low 3
Jan 11th High 21 Low -18
Jan 12th High 36 Low -3

Lea County-

Tatum Climate Co-Op Station

Jan 10th High 7 Low -1
Jan 11th High 25 Low -16
Jan 12th High 48 Low 1

Lovington Climate Co-Op Station

Jan 10th High 10 Low 1
Jan 11th High 20 Low -10
Jan 12th High 46 Low 4

Hobbs Climate Co-Op Station

Jan 10th High 13 Low 3
Jan 11th High 22 Low -7
Jan 12th High 44 Low 5

Pearl Climate Co-Op Station
(West Of Hobbs Near Lea/Eddy Co Line)

Jan 10th High 11 Low 1
Jan 11th High 21 Low -10
Jan 12th High 44 Low 0

Jal Climate Co-Op Station

Jan 10th High 15 Low 4
Jan 11th High 25 Low -11
Jan 12th High 45 Low -5

Lincoln County-

Carrizozo Climate Co-Op Station

Jan 10th High 19 Low 2
Jan 11th High 6 Low -12
Jan 12th High 22 Low -1

Capitan Climate Co-Op Station

Jan 10th High -1 Low -5
Jan 11th High 19 Low -29
Jan 12th High 39 Low -4

Ruidoso Climate Co-Op Station

Jan 10th High 5 Low -6
Jan 11th High 34 Low -24
Jan 12th High 46 Low 0

Picacho Climate Co-Op Station

Jan 10th High 7 Low -2
Jan 11th High 37 Low -17
Jan 12th High 45 Low -5

Otero County-

Mescalero

Jan 10th High 12 Low -4
Jan 11th High 21 Low -19
Jan 12th High 40 Low 6

Mayhill Ranger Station

Jan 10th High 4 Low -4
Jan 11th High 34 Low -13
Jan 12th High 55 Low 13

Cloudcroft Climate Co-Op Station

Jan 10th High 5 Low -13
Jan 11th High 27 Low 21
Jan 12th High 32 Low 8

Mountain Park Cliamte Co-Op Station

Jan 10th High 22 Low -2
Jan 11th High 11 Low -9
Jan 12th High 26 Low 8

Alamogordo Climate Co-Op Station

Jan 10th High 24 Low 7
Jan 11th High 17 Low -14
Jan 12th High 23 Low -5

White Sands National Monument
Climate Co-Op Station

Jan 10th High 27 Low 9
Jan 11th High 17 Low -15
Jan 12th High 25 Low -15

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