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Rain To Fall Upon The Plain - Some May Be Heavy.

Blog updated at 3:26 PM MDT
(Update CoCoRaHS Rainfall Totals).

(Friday Aug 17, 2012).

(As Of 7 AM MDT).

(As Of 7 AM MDT).

Eddy County.

Lea County.

Lincoln County.

Otero County.

Once again scattered rain showers and thunderstorms broke out over the mountains and southeastern plains yesterday. Early reports this morning indicate that the heaviest rains fell over the Sacramento mountains, with the following four stations reporting over an inch of rain-

Cloudcroft - Dry Canyon 1.46"
Near Runnels Stable 1.20"
Nogal Peak Crest Trail 1.14"
Cloudcroft EW0726 1.07"

One of the sources that I use to report some of our local rainfall totals is the CoCoRaHS site. It is made up of volunteers from all across New Mexico, as well as across the rest of the nation. There are many gaps in our local rainfall network in the state, as well as across southeastern New Mexico. Please consider joining this volunteer site where you can enter your daily rainfall totals via your computer into their data base. To sign up click on this link.

More Rain To Fall Today.

Yet another cold front will move into southeastern New Mexico late tonight. An upper-level disturbance located over the area today, will once again help kick off scattered to numerous rain showers and thunderstorms. A cluster of thunderstorms may form over eastern New Mexico along and behind the cold front, and move southward with the front. Some of these rain showers and thunderstorms may once again persist into tomorrow morning. Our chances for rain are fairly decent today into Sunday, and generally range from 20% - 50% across the local area. 

Some of these thunderstorms today into tonight will be capable of producing locally heavy rainfall, which may lead to localized flash flooding. The burn scar areas in the mountains that have received moderate to heavy rainfall over the past couple of days, will be especially vulnerable to flash flooding today into tonight. 

Although our high temperatures have dropped down to more seasonable values, it certainly did not feel that way yesterday due to the increase in humidity. It was downright muggy (for us desert dwellers anyway) yesterday with our dew point temperatures in the 60's, and our highs in the mid 80's to low 90's. Today will be just as muggy if not more so. We will see our afternoon high temperatures range from the mid 80's to the low 90's today and Sunday.

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