Rain Fell Upon The Plain - More On The Way. Cooler Friday.
I shot the top photo at the Carlsbad High School yesterday afternoon as I was dropping my daughter off for Volleyball tryouts. This poor student was getting soaked as the thunderstorm was approaching from the west. Just a few minutes later I shot the bottom photo just a couple of blocks away. Looking east at mostly sunny skies with moderate rain falling. By the time I reached the end of the street one minute later it was pouring. That was a little weird.The thunderstorm was too my west/behind me and moving eastward.
(Wednesday Aug 15, 2012).
Downright hot best describes yesterday's afternoon high temperatures. I recorded 102 for a high here at my home in Carlsbad. I have recorded a high temperature of 100-degrees or more 32 days so far this year. My highest temp recorded so far has been 109 on June 18th.
The Roswell Airport has recorded daily high temperatures of 100-degrees or more 37 days so far this year. The highest temp recorded so far has been 108 on June 18th. .
The Artesia Climate Co-Op Station has recorded daily high temperatures of 100-degrees or more 28 days so far this year. The highest temp recorded so far has been 107 on June 19th.
The Carlsbad Airport has recorded daily high temperatures of 100-degrees or more 36 days so far this year. The highest temp recorded so far was 109 on June 19th.
The Hobbs Climate Co-Op Station has recorded daily high temperatures of 100-degrees or more 20 days so far this year. The highest temp recorded so far was 106 on June 19th, and 106 on August 2nd.
The Tatum Climate Co-Op Station has recorded daily high temperatures of 100-degrees or more 18 days so far this year. The highest temp recorded so far was 105 on June 19th, and 105 on August 3rd.
(As Of 7 AM MDT).
GRLevel3 2.00 Estimated Rainfall Totals.
(Cannon AFB Doppler Radar).
GRLevel3 2.00 Estimated Rainfall Totals.
(Midland NWS Doppler Radar).
An early afternoon thunderstorm dumped .28" of rain along with about a minutes worth of pea size hail at my home yesterday afternoon, shortly before 4 PM MDT. Other thunderstorms were scattered across the southeastern plains and mountains, some of which persisted until after sunrise this morning. As of 7 AM MDT, the greatest 24-hour total that I have been able to find is the .49" recorded at the Roswell #2 Portable Raws located east of Arabela.
Cold Front To Bring Cooler Temps & T-Storms.
It was just a tad chilly at sunrise this morning across the northern Rockies and plains states. Widespread temperatures in the 40's were common, even some upper 30's were noted just across the border in southern Canada. Brrrr...fall is definitely knocking on the door.
A cold front is forecast to move southward down the northeastern and eastern plains of the state today. This front should arrive in southeastern New Mexico tonight. Temporary relief from the heat will follow the frontal passage. Our forecast high temperatures today are generally expected to be in the mid-upper 90's.
Friday will be cooler (compared to the 100+ temps we have been experiencing) with the upper 80's to low 90's currently being forecast for the southeastern plains. We should see the low 90's on Saturday and the low-mid 90's on Sunday. If enough widespread rain falls over the area tonight into tomorrow, its possible that our afternoon high temperatures may be a little lower Friday and Saturday.
Scattered thunderstorms are expected to develop over and near the mountains today. Additional thunderstorms will fire up along and behind the cold front across the eastern and southeastern plains as it moves slowly southward today into tonight. There is some question as to how far this cold front will be able to make it. The front is forecast to stall over the area tomorrow. The heaviest rains will likely fall near this frontal boundary.
Some of the stronger thunderstorms will be capable of producing heavy rainfall, localized flash flooding...especially over and below the burn scar areas, frequent deadly cloud to ground lighting, and gusty winds. I would not be surprised to see a couple of these stronger storms reach severe levels either. Some locations may see storm total rainfall amounts of 1"- 2" or more by the end of the weekend.
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