T-Storms Dump Heavy Rain Overnight.

Selected Local Rainfall Totals As Of 8:00 AM MDT

Chaves County

0.3 SSW Downtown Roswell
10.0 W Downtown Roswell .59"
3.5 WNW Downtown Roswell .45"
8-Mile Draw Raws .43"
7.6 NNW Downtown Roswell .42"
Roswell Airport .39"

Eddy/Lea/Otero/Culberson Counties

Bat Draw Raws - Carlsbad Caverns 2.61"
Carlsbad Caverns Climate 2.55"
0.6 S Pinon 1.55"
Dog Canyon Cliamate 1.53"
33.3 WSW Carlsbad - Queen 1.50"
Dog Canyon Raws (Otero Co) 1.41"
0.9 NE Lakewood 1.10"
Bowl Raws - 1/2 N Guadalupe Pk 1.07"
Queen Raws 1.05"
3.1 SSE Carlsbad .93"
2.0 N Downtown Carlsbad .90"
2.2 N Downtown Carlsbad .89"
Dunken Raws - 45 W Artesia .88"
Hope Climate .86"
IBGP - 20 WNW Carlsbad .86"
McKittrick Canyon Raws .84"
Downtown Carlsbad - OEM BLdg .81"
3.4 N Downtown Carlsbad .78"
Pinery Raws - Pine Springs .77"
Guadalupe Pass .76"
South Artesia .75"
4.8 SSE Artesia - Atoka .74"
2.1 NNW Downtown Carlsbad .71"
Paduca Raws .62"
16 ESE Cloudcroft - Mayhill .57"
Dark Canyon Draw Raws .50"
Artesia Airport .46"

Rainfall Totals Are Courtesy Of-

The Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction!

Coolest Morning Of The Season.

Low Temps This Morning.

Chaves Co

Elk Climate 39
Dunken Raws 45 Miles West of Artesia 47
8-Mile Draw Raws NE of Roswell 49
Roswell Climate 51

Eddy Co

Artesia Climate 48
Hope Climate 51
Carlsbad Airport 51
2.1 NNW Downtown Carlsbad 53
Carlsbad Climate 54
Queen Raws 54
Caprock Raws 56
Carlsbad Caverns Climate 58

Lea Co

Tatum Climate 43
Hobbs Airport 50
NW Hobbs-KM5BS 51
Paduca Raws 55

Lincoln Co

Fort Stanton Raws 33
Midtown - Ruidoso 39
Smokey Bear Raws Near Ruidoso 41
Ruidoso Climate 42
Sierra Blanca Regional Airport 48
Nogal 49

Otero Co

Cloudcroft Climate 34
Dry Canyon - Near Cloudcroft 34
Cloudcroft Fire Station 36
Mayhill Raws 41
DRO - Near Weed 42
Mescal Raws - Near Mescalero 43
Cosmic Raws - Sunspot 45

Temperature Data Courtesy Of-

The Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction!

A Taste Of Fall Weather But Not For Long.

Raindrops in Carlsbad, NM Yesterday.

Pleasant Weather Today & Tomorrow.

I enjoyed yesterdays overcast skies, thunderstorms, and much cooler temps. That literally was a welcome breath of fresh air, courtesy of the cold front. Mild weather will occur today and Thursday. Our afternoon highs will be in the mid 80's, with our overnight lows once again in the 50's tomorrow morning. We will return to the low-mid 90's by Friday and into the weekend. The models are still not real clear on whether or not we will see any of Hurricane Frank's remnant moisture, pulled northward from the Baja, California area early next week. More on that in a day or so.

Selected Overnight Low Temps

Sierra Blanca Snotel (10, 280') West of Ruidoso 36
Dry Canyon Near Cloudcroft 39

Cloudcroft Fire Station 41
Eagle Creek Near Ruidoso 42
Midtown Ruidoso 44
Sunspot South of Cloudcroft 44
Smokey Bear Raws Near Ruidoso 45
Sierra Blanca Regional Airport 46
Mayhill Raws 46
DRO at Weed 46

Tatum 50
8-Mile Draw Raws 52
Roswell Climate 52
Dunken Raws West of Artesia 52
Queen Raws 52
Roswell Airport 55
Artesia Airport 55
Lovington 56
2.1 NNW Downtown Carlsbad 59
Carlsbad Airport 60
NW Hobbs 60

Low Temperature Data Courtesy Of-

The Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction!

Cold Front Brings Much Cooler Wx To SE NM!

T-Storms West Of Carlsbad, NM Yesterday Afternoon.

Relief Courtesy Of An Unseasonably Strong Cold Front.

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A strong cold front arrived in SE NM early this morning, about 12 hours ahead of schedule. What a welcome relief. It has brought overcast skies; cooler temps (60's & 70's) as of noon, with scattered rain showers, and a few thunderstorms dotting the landscape. A few strong to isolated severe thunderstorms will be possible over the area this afternoon and evening. Locally heavy rain, strong wind gusts, and frequent deadly cloud to ground lightning will be the main threats.

Our afternoon high temps should only be around 80 today, and the low-mid 80's tomorrow. Our overnight lows will be in the 50's- to near 60 the next couple of nights. Meteorological fall starts September 1st, and I can't wait. I have had enough of the heat and bugs.

Tropical Storm Frank continues to slowly crawl off to the WNW at around 5 mph. He is located about 145 miles SW of Acapulco, Mexico. We will have to continue to watch, and see if Franks remnant moisture gets pulled northward, and into the Desert Southwest early next week.

The Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction!

Continued Hot - Near 100 Through The Weekend

T-Storm Rumbles Just E-SE Of Carlsbad, NM At 6:09 PM.

Downtown Carlsbad High Today 105
My High Temp Today 104
Carlsbad Airport 103
NW Hobbs 101
Roswell Airport 100
Artesia Airport 99

The Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction!

Thunderstorms Fire Along A Cold Front In E/SE NM.

Roswell, NM This Morning.
Photos Courtesy of Chaves Co Skywarn Spotter Jim Tucker.

A large cluster of thunderstorms covers much of Eastern New Mexico early Monday morning. These thunderstorms formed along and behind a slow moving cold front. The highest/coldest tops can be seen in the Infrared Satellite photo...the red colors.

Melrose Bombing Range-West of Clovis 2.00"
Portales CW8099 1.77"
8-Mile Draw Raws-18 Miles NE of Roswell 1.64"
Cannon AFB-Clovis 1.30"
Roswell Airport .22"

Additional Rainfall Reports From Roswell, NM
Courtesy of Don Niccum Operations Manager - KCKN News

Near East Grand Plains .90"
Also Near East Grand Plains 1.20"
West Roswell 1.70"
2600 Block of South Sunset 3.00"
Blue Mountain Rd Off North Main Near Sams Club 3.00"
Isler Rd Northeast of Roswell 3.10"
West Church St Near Roswell High School 3.50"
Near The North Chaves Co & Lincoln Co Line 4.50"
Berrendo Rd & North Main St 5.00"

Numerous roads closed and impassable in Roswell, NM at 5:30 AM MDT this morning, due to the heavy overnight rainfall and flash flooding.

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Click On The Picture To Enlarge It.
T-Storms Have Been The Theme Of The Summer In SE NM.
This One Produced Locally Heavy Rain Over Lakewood Just Before Sunset.

It will be hot again today, and hotter still for the next several days, with our afternoon highs ranging from near 100 - 105. This is courtesy of an upper level ridge of high pressure the will be centered over the region into the first of next week. A cold front will try to sneak into the area by around Sunday or Monday...and may boost our chances for T-Storms.

On August 12, 1977 Artesia Recorded 2.30" of Rain.

On August 12, 1989 Ruidoso Recorded 2.12" of Rain.

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Heavy Rains Aug 7th - 14th, 1984

Flash Flooding On Four Mile Arroyo 2 Miles North Of Lakewood, NM
On August 11, 1984. The Water Was About 10' Deep Over The Road.
Click On The Picture To Enlarge It.

Selected SE NM Rainfall Totals
(Aug 7th - 14th, 1984)

Artesia Climate 6 S

8/7/1984 .07"
8/8/1984 .59"
8/9/1984 .64"
8/10/1984 1.25"
8/11/1984 1.46"
8/12/1984 .09"
8/14/1984 .41"

Total 4.51"

0.9 NE Lakewood

8/7/1984 .77"
8/8/1984 .70"
8/9/1984 .83"
8/10/1984 1.63"
8/11/1984 .06"
8/12/1984 Trace
8/13/1984 .13"

Total 4.12"

Carlsbad Climate

8/9/1984 .82"
8/10/1984 1.90"
8/11/1984 2.35"
8/12/1984 2.35"

Total 7.42"

Carlsbad Airport

8/8/1984 .95"
8/9/1984 1.12"
8/10/1984 3.21"
8/11/1984 .51"
8/14/1984 .29"

Total 6.08"

Sometimes when it rains in SE NM...it pours, as noted above during the week of August 7th - 14th, 1984. Elk, which is located between Dunken and Mayhill, recorded 3.21" of rain on August 10th, 1984. Other totals include Carlsbad Caverns Climate Coop Station 2.00" on August 10th, 1984, and 2.22" on August 11th, 1984. The Jal Climate Coop Station 1.86" on August 9th, 1984, and 2.00" on August 10th, 1984. The Hobbs Climate Coop Station recorded 2.66" on August 9th, 1984, and 4.44" on August 10th, 1984.

I have a complete copy of the climate records for Artesia and Carlsbad, courtesy of the National Climate Data Center. I was living at Lakewood on the family farm in 1984, so I kept those rainfall records. The other listed rainfall totals are courtesy of the Western Regional Climate Data Center.

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More Rumbles Of Thunder & Hot.

Still Shots Of The Lightning Video I Shot On 7-28-2010.
See The Videos Below - Click On The Images To Enlarge Them.

Thunderstorms returned to SE NM yesterday afternoon and evening. Today's weather, as well as Tuesday's, should see a repeat of Sunday's weather. Scattered T-Storms should pop up by around noontime, and continue until around midnight. It will continue to be hot all week, with afternoon highs hovering around 100 today and tomorrow, with 100-105 for the rest of the week.

A Few Of The Heavier 24 Hour Rainfall Totals-

Queen Raws .41"
0.6 S Pinon .38"
2.0 N Downtown Carlsbad .35"
Bat Draw Raws-3 Miles E of Queen .25"
Caprock Raws .21"
McKittrick Canyon Raws .20"
Paduca Raws .16"
Dog Canyon Raws .15"
Downtown Carlsbad .10"

The Roswell Climate Coop Station recorded 4.57" of rain.

The Hobbs Climate Coop Station recorded 4.45" of rain.

The Carlsbad Airport recorded 2.33" of rain.

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Greatest 24 Hr Rainfall Total In Carlsbad 8-8-16

Outflow Winds From This T-Storm, Kicked Up Blowing Dust
Just East Of Carlsbad, NM. Scud Clouds Just Above The Blowing Dust,
May Have Fooled Some Into Believing That This Was A Tornado.
It Was Not. The Scud Cloud Wasn't Attached To The Base Of The T-Storm.
Click On The Picture To Enlarge It.

T-Storms Return - Continued Hot.

A weak upper level short wave in the mid levels of the atmosphere, will approach SE NM from the west today and tomorrow. This will enhance our chances for T-Storms, especially tomorrow. A few of these storms will be capable of dumping heavy rain.

The long-range computer forecast models agree, that the upper level ridge of high pressure will continue to hold tight over the area, through the next week to ten days. So more hot weather to come. In fact, by next Wednesday, we could be looking at high temps of around 103-105 across the SE NM Plains.

The Carlsbad Climate Coop Station measured 5.12" of rain on this date. This is the greatest 24 hour rainfall total on record, as well as the greatest 24 hour total for the month of August.

On this day in 1996, two Carlsbad city employees reported a brief touchdown by a 40 yard wide tornado 8-10 miles northeast of the Municipal Golf Course. In 2005, thunderstorm winds broke guide wires and blew over an oil rig three miles west of Eunice. A total of $150,000 in damage occurred.

The Roswell Airport measured 2.45" of rain on this date.

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Dog Days Of Summer

Roadrunners are a common sight in southeastern New Mexico, therefore seeing one is nothing unusual. My wife and I were out driving around near Lakewood, when these two young birds (male and female) ran across the road in front of us. They darted across the road and into this mesquite bush. This is the first time in my life that I have ever gotten this close to a young roadrunner before. I could have literary reached out and touched them. Click on the photo to enlarge it.

A persistent upper level ridge of high pressure continues to dominate our local weather, keeping any thunderstorm activity confined mainly to the mountains. This will change by Monday, as an unusually strong upper level trough of low pressure digs southward along the West Coast. The flow aloft will turn southwesterly, as mid level monsoonal moisture gets pulled back over southeastern New Mexico. Thunderstorms should once again pop up across the plains of southeastern New Mexico tomorrow, and more so Monday and Tuesday.

1984 - El Paso, TX, normally receives 1.21 inches of rain in August. They got it in forty-five minutes, with four more inches to boot, during a storm which left Downtown El Paso under five feet of water. (The Weather Channel).

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More T-Storms Will Add To An Already Wet Year!

Selected Rainfall Totals Across SE NM

(Jul) - (Aug 1st - 5th) - (Jan - Aug 5th)

Chaves County, NM

Roswell Airport

July 2.89" Aug .05" Jan-Aug 10.38"

3.5 WNW Downtown Roswell

July 5.33" Aug .79" Jan-Aug 9.99"

0.3 SSW Downtown Roswell

July 2.72" Aug M Jan-Aug 9.52"

Elk Climate

July 3.30" Aug .15" Jan-Aug 9.41"

Dunken Raws

July 5.59" Aug .00" Jan-Aug 8.78"

4.1 NNE Downtown Roswell

July 2.35" Aug M Jan-Aug 8.12"

8-Mile Draw Raws

July 2.79" Aug .11" Jan-Aug 7.04"

7.6 NNW Downtown Roswell

July 3.03" Aug .00" Jan-Aug 6.98"

Eddy County, NM

33.3 WSW Carlsbad-Queen

July 10.36" Aug .25" Jan-Aug 23.36"

Queen Raws-3 Miles E of Queen

July 10.84" Aug .00" Jan-Aug 16.92"

0.9 NE Lakewood

July 8.01" Aug .00" Jan-Aug 15.13"

3.1 SSE Downtown Carlsbad

July 7.27" Aug .00" Jan-Aug 13.79"

Carlsbad Climate

July 7.36" Aug .00" Jan-Aug 12.80"

2.1 NNW Downtown Carlsbad

July 6.15" Aug .00" Jan-Aug 11.93"

Downtown Carlsbad-OEM Bldg

July 6.83" Aug .00" Jan-Aug 11.77"

15.5 S Artesia

July 6.62" Aug .00" Jan-Aug 11.77"

2.0 N Downtown Carlsbad

July 6.84" Aug .00" Jan-Aug 11.53"

Carlsbad Airport

July 5.54" Aug .00" Jan-Aug 11.43"

15.5 NW Carlsbad

July 5.13" Aug .00" Jan-Aug 10.86"

19.8 WNW Carlsbad-IBGP

July 3.29" Aug .00" Jan-Aug 10.73"

2.2 N Downtown Carlsbad

July 6.23" Aug .00" Jan-Aug 10.53"

0.9 NNW Downtown Carlsbad

July 6.00" Aug .00" Jan-Aug 9.89"

3.4 N Downtown Carlsbad

July 5.62" Aug .00" Jan-Aug 9.80"

Bat Draw Raws-Carlsbad Caverns

July 6.94" Aug .00" Jan-Aug 9.48"

17.1 NW Carlsbad

July 3.46" Aug .00" Jan-Aug 9.47"

Artesia Climate

July 3.64" Aug .00" Jan-Aug 9.42"

4.8 SSE Artesia-Atoka

July 4.22" Aug .00" Jan-Aug 9.39"

Lea County, NM

Paduca Raws-Near The WIPP Site

July 9.22" Aug .00" Jan-Aug 16.54"

0.4 NNE Downtown Hobbs

July 6.62" Aug .00" Jan-Aug 13.86"

8.0 SSE Downtown Hobbs

July 7.53" Aug .00" Jan-Aug 13.82"

26.6 WNW Jal

July 6.22" Aug .00" Jan-Aug 12.48"

8.3 SSE Downtown Hobbs

July 7.15" Aug .00" Jan-Aug 11.83"

0.9 NNW Downtown Lovington

July 4.56" Aug .00" Jan-Aug 11.17"

Tatum Climate

July 2.76" Aug .00" Jan-Aug 9.81"

2.1 SE Downtown Hobbs

July 6.02" Aug .00" Jan-Aug 9.59"

Hobbs Climate

July 1.29" Aug .00" Jan-Aug 9.51"

Lincoln County, NM

4.4 NNW Downtown Ruidoso

July 7.69" Aug .76" Jan-Aug 19.76"

3.9 NNW Downtown Ruidoso

July 5.61" Aug .74" Jan-Aug 16.55"

12.5 NNW Capitan

July 2.97" Aug M Jan-Aug 13.00"

Ruidoso Climate

July 4.89" Aug .05" Jan-Aug 12.73"

Capitan Climate

July 2.95" Aug .32" Jan-Aug 8.59"

Otero County, NM

4.9 NE Cloudcroft

July 12.73" Aug M Jan-Aug 27.70"

Cloudcroft Climate

July 12.21" Aug 1.03" Jan-Aug 27.31"

0.4 SSE Cloudcroft

July 11.46" Aug 1.59" Jan-Aug 26.38"

0.5 NNW Cloudcroft

July 10.53" Aug .22" Jan-Aug 24.91"

1.8 SW Cloudcroft

July 9.61" Aug .34" Jan-Aug 24.66"

4.0 E Cloudcroft

July 10.72" Aug .90" Jan-Aug 23.75"

2.3 S Cloudcroft

July 10.06" Aug .85" Jan-Aug 23.67"

16 ESE Cloudcroft

July 8.38" Aug .00" Jan-Aug 19.64"

Culberson County, TX

Bowl Raws-1/2 Mile N Guadalupe Pk

July 10.44" Aug .00" Jan-Aug 18.18"

McKittrick Canyon Raws

July 7.53" Aug .00" Jan-Aug 17.33"

Dog Canyon Raws

July 5.73" Aug .00" Jan-Aug 15.84"

Pinery Raws-Pine Springs

July 6.36" Aug .00" Jan-Aug 15.48"

Rainfall Totals Are Courtesy Of-


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