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2017-2018 SE NM Winter Summary - NM Drought Forecast To Continue.


Capitan Mountains Northwest Of Roswell, New Mexico.


December 1st, 2017 - February 28th, 2018.


February 2018.


January 1st, 2018 - February 28th, 2018.


Overall our meteorological winter here in Southeastern New Mexico (December - February) came in about average temperature-wise. Rainfall and snowfall totals ended up being below average when compared to the short term (30 year) averages long term (1895-2018) averages.

(Winter Data December - February).

Highest Temperature- 82ºF February 14th, 2018.
Coldest Maximum Temperature- 25ºF January 1st, 2018.
Lowest Temperature- 8ºF January 2nd, 2018.
Rainfall- December Trace, January .07", February .54" Total- .61".
Snowfall- December 0", January 0", February 0".

(Winter Data December - February).

Highest Temperature- 79ºF February 1st, 4th, 10th, 15th.
Coldest Maximum Temperature- 23ºF January 2nd, 2018.
Lowest Temperature- 7ºF January 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 2018.
Rainfall- December .07", January .10", February .31" Total- .48".
Snowfall- December 0", January 0", February 0".

(Winter Data December - February).

Highest Temperature- 83ºF February 15th, 2018.
Coldest Maximum Temperature- 25ºF January 2nd, 2018.
Lowest Temperature- 12ºF January 3rd, 4th, 2018.
Rainfall- December .20", January .06", February .16" Total- .42".
Snowfall- December 0", January 0", February 0".

(Winter Data December - February).

Highest Temperature- 83ºF December 2nd, 3rd, 2017 and February 14th, 2018.
Coldest Maximum Temperature- 25ºF January 1st, 2018.
Lowest Temperature- 8ºF January 2nd, 2018.
Rainfall- December .16", January .07", February .18" Total- .41".
Snowfall- December 0", January 0", February 0".

(Winter Data December - February).

Highest Temperature- 81ºF February 14th, 2018.
Coldest Maximum Temperature- 27ºF January 1st, 2018.
Lowest Temperature- 8ºF January 1st, 2018.
Rainfall- December .07", January .01", February .03" Total- .11".
Snowfall- December 0", January 0", February 0".

(Winter Data December - February).

Highest Temperature- 81ºF February 14th, 2018.
Coldest Maximum Temperature- 27ºF January 1st, 2018.
Lowest Temperature- 8ºF January 1st, 2018.
Rainfall- December .07", January .01", February .03" Total- .11".
Snowfall- Missing Data

(Winter Data December - February).

Highest Temperature- 59ºF December 30th, 2017.
Coldest Maximum Temperature- 21ºF December 7th, 2017.
Lowest Temperature- 4ºF December 8th, 2017.
Rainfall- December ..35", January 1.29", February 3.13" Total- 4.77".
Snowfall- December 7.5", January 7.7", February 3.5" Total- 18.7"

December 3rd, 2017 - March 3rd, 2018.


2017-2018 Winter Rainfall Anomalies.
December 3rd, 2017 - March 3rd, 2018.


2017-2018 Winter Rainfall Totals.
December 3rd, 2017 - March 3rd, 2018.



2017-2018 Winter Rainfall Anomalies.
December 3rd, 2017 - March 3rd, 2018.



(December 1st, 2017 - February 28th, 2018).






A CoCoRaHS Station located 2.3 miles south of Cloudcroft recorded 3.78" of rain during the month of February. And 3.08" was recorded 0.4 miles east-southeast of Cloudcroft for the month. A CoCoRaHS Station located 8.5 miles west of Capitan recorded 2.56" of rain during February and a 2.47" of rain was recorded for the month 2.9 miles southwest of Ruidoso. Heavy rainfall totals for most months let alone February. Too bad this didn't fall as snow. Rain fell in part due to the fact that overall for the past winter temperatures in the Sacramento Mountains averaged above normal under La Niña's influence. 

As of March 1st, 2018 Ski Apache west of Ruidoso with a bas elevation of 9,600' has recorded a seasonal snowfall total of 37". Far below their annual average of 180" (Thanksgiving through Easter). 


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(March-April-May).


Our chances of seeing a cool wet spring do not appear likely this year. Our current developing drought across the state and area is forecast to continue to into May. This is bad news given the fact that we are entering our windy season. You have likely noticed also that there is a lot of high grass and lots of brush left over from the past several wet years. Already we've seen several small grass fires break out and this will only get worse as the winds pick up and temperatures rise. A good example of this happened in Capitan recently. "Fire Burns 30 Acres, Multiple Structures In Capitan." 

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