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La Niña Continues.

Click On The Charts/Maps To Enlarge Them. I Thought La Nina Winters Were Supposed  To Be Warmer & Drier Than Normal In New Mexico!  Our winter here in southeastern New Mexico will without a doubt be one than many of us will remember for a long time. This of course would be directly related to the Christmas Eve snowstorm that blanketed the area with 8"  - 14" of snow. And n ot to be outdone was the   January 8th - 9th snowstorm that clobbered the Hobbs and Nadine areas with 11" - 14" 15" of snow .  La Nina continues to hold on out over the Pacific Ocean. So, if La Nina winters are supposed to be warmer and drier than normal in New Mexico, so how come all of the snow here in southeastern New Mexico so far this season?  The short and easy answer is because the Madden-Julian Oscillation (MJO) got involved. This phenomenon occurs roughly every 30 - 60 days out over the Pacific Ocean, and re

Mid 70's On The Last Day Of Jan - Sure This Isn't March?

Click On The Maps To Enlarge Them. Today. Map Is Courtesy Of The Midland NWS Office. Map Is Courtesy Of The Lubbock NWS Office. Map Is Courtesy Of The Albuquerque NWS Office. Very untypical late January weather is anticipated across the area today as we close out the month. Our afternoon high temps will generally range from 70-75 across SE NM. Mostly sunny skies and light winds are expected as well. It certainly will feel more like the first of March than the end of January with these temperatures.  30 Year Normal High - Low Temps. For January 31st. ( 1981-2010) Roswell ThreadEx   58  -  28 Artesia Climate 60  -  24 Carlsbad Climate 60  - 29 Carlsbad Airport 60  -  30 Hobbs Climate 59  -  31 Tatum Climate 56  -  23 Temperature Data Is Courtesy Of- The Midland NWS Climate Page The Albuquerque NWS Climate Page Latest Update On Our Late Week Storm. Map Is Courtesy Of The Lubbock NWS Office. Map Is Courtesy Of T

70-Degree Temperatures Return To End January.

Click On The Maps To Enlarge Them. Map is Courtesy Of The Midland NWS Office. Map Is Courtesy Of The Albuquerque NWS Office. Map Is Courtesy Of The Lubbock NWS Office. Blog updated at 1:35 PM MST today. Sunny skies and balmy temperatures will rule our local weather today into Wednesday. Our afternoon highs will reach the 70-degree mark across most locations this afternoon, with a few spots a couple of degrees warmer. The same will be true for Tuesday's weather with highs in the low-mid 70's, perhaps a few upper 70's. A fast moving mid-level disturbance will zip overhead Tuesday, and this will kick up the westerly winds especially over the Guadalupe Mountains. Other than this, the only other impact it will have on our local weather is too knock our afternoon high temps down a few degrees on Wednesday, with the mid-upper 60's forecast across the local area. Storm Or No Storm? GFS 500 MB Forecast At 5 PM Thu Feb 2, 2012. Last nights 00Z/5 PM MST forecast run of the GFS mod

Cooler Today.

Click On The Maps To Enlarge Them. Blog updated at 11:12 AM MST. Map Is Courtesy Of The Midland NWS Office. Visible Satellite Image At 8:09 AM MST. My SE NM Radar Snapshot At 8:36 AM MST. A deck of mid-level clouds (altostratus, with bases around 10,000' - 11,000' AGL) covers SE NM this morning. Looking at the "My SE NM Radar Snapshot" posted above, I would say that a few very light rain showers (more like sprinkles) or perhaps a few light snow flurries may be falling across parts of Eddy and Lea Counties. Although a quick peek out of my window reveals a lot of virga (rain or snow falling from the clouds but not reaching the ground) overhead in Carlsbad at 8:40 AM. This will dissipate later this morning. Cloudy to partly cloudy skies will dominate today and it will be cool with our afternoon highs mostly in the 50's. A few places may only see the mid-upper 40's. Clearing skies along with a colder and drier airmass in place tonight, will allow for excellent rad

Warm Breezy Ahead Of The Cold Front - Cooler Saturday.

Click On The Maps To Enlarge Them. Maps Are Courtesy Of The Midland NWS Office.   Maps Are Courtesy Of The Lubbock NWS Office. Maps Are Courtesy Of The Albuquerque NWS Office. Sunny skies and balmy afternoon temperatures will rule today's weather across SE NM. Our afternoon highs will be in the upper 60's to the low 70's.  Late this afternoon, a fast moving cold front will race southward through the area. Cooler air will overspread the region tonight into Saturday behind the front . Our high temperatures on Saturday will range from near 50 to the mid 50's.  A High Wind Watch has been issued for the Guadalupe Pass area for late tonight into tomorrow morning for northeasterly winds at around 35-45 mph. Otherwise our winds here in the southeastern plains will shift around to the north and northeast with the frontal passage, at around 15-25 mph with a few stronger gusts. Sunday will be a little warmer with our aftern

Thermometer Takes A Roller Coaster Ride.

Click On The Photo/Maps To Enlarge Them. Looking south at altocumulus standing lenticular clouds, or mountain wave clouds, from the parking lot at WalMart in Carlsbad, New Mexico. Cold Front Arrives Late Friday Afternoon- Or Early Friday Evening. Surface Map Forecast Valid At 5 PM MST Fri Jan 27, 2012. Today will be a little warmer than yesterday across SE NM with our afternoon high temps expected to be in the low-mid 60's. Mostly sunny skies, and dry downslopping westerly winds will kick up tomorrow afternoon ahead of an approaching cold front , at around 15-20 mph with gusts near 30 mph. Our afternoon highs should climb up into the upper 60's to low 70's with a few spots seeing the mid 70's.  Gusty northerly winds will accompany  the frontal passage  late tomorrow afternoon and early evening. No significant weather is anticipated with this next cold frontal passage. Saturday will be a cooler behind the front with highs mostly in the

Rain & Snow Showers Will End Today.

Map Is Courtesy Of The Midland NWS Office. Maps Are Courtesy Of The Albuquerque NWS Office. Maps Are Courtesy Of The Lubbock NWS Office. RUC 500 MB Analysis At 5 AM MST This Morning. Winter Weather Advisory! Guadalupe Mtn's - Valid Until 2 PM MST Another 1' - 3" Of Snow Is Possible. A closed mid-upper level low was located south of Carlsbad New Mexico this morning, near the Texas Big Bend. It is forecast to slowly wobble eastward today into tonight. Light rain and snow showers developed across parts of the area overnight, with a few reports of sleet mixed in with the rain and snow. As this upper level storm sags to the east today our skies will clear across southeastern New Mexico, as the rain and snow showers gradually come to an end. Our afternoon highs are forecast to be mostly in the upper 40's to the low 50's. Thursday will be a little warmer with highs in the low 60's. Friday will be even warmer ahead of an approac

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