Impressive Rainfall Totals For Sept 28-29, 2012.

Blog updated at 7:20 PM MDT.
(Additional Rainfall Reports Added).




Street flooding in Carlsbad yesterday afternoon.






(As Of 7 AM MDT).

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Widespread heavy rains fell over southeastern New Mexico and parts of west Texas Thursday and Friday. Locally the Carlsbad Airport measured a two day total of 2.43". The Dark Canyon Draw automated gauge recorded a two day total of 2.91". The Queen Raws located 3 miles east of Queen recorded a two day total of 2.31". The Bat Draw Raws located at the Carlsbad Caverns Visitor Center recorded a two day total of 2.25"

The Hobbs Airport recorded a two day total of 3.15". The Hagerman automated gauge located 10 miles east-southeast of Hagerman recorded a two day total of 2.14". I recorded a two day total here at my home in northwest Carlsbad of 1.63". A two day total of 1.71" was reported 5 miles southeast of Carlsbad by the Eddy County Emergency Manager. The McKittrick Canyon Raws located in the Guadalupe Mountains National Park near Pine Springs is reporting a two day total of 1.74"

Additional two day rainfall totals include-  The Hobbs Mesonet Raws 3.14", the Carlsbad Caverns Climate Co-Op Station 2.28", the Fort Stockton Airport 2.17", the Jal Climate Co-Op Station with 2.16", the Tatum Mesonet Raws 1.13", the Caprock Raws .71".

Local public reports include- 1 mile north of Lakewood 1.75", McNew Subdivision 5 miles north of Carlsbad 1.70", Brantley Lake State Park 1.50", South Artesia (13th & Tumbleweed) 1.50", South Carlsbad (Wood & Najar) 1.30", South Carlsbad Sierra Rd 1.20", Cottonwood north of Artesia 1.10", 2 miles east of Hagerman near 1.00".

A record rainfall of 4.66" was set at Midland for September 28, 2012. This breaks the old record of 2.06" set in 1980. This also breaks the daily record for the month of September...the previous record was 3.60" on September 5, 1944. This 4.66" is the third wettest day on record in Midland. The record days are (1) 5.32" on August 24, 1934, and (2) 4.75" on May 9, 1968.

The Davis Vantage Pro2 Weather Station located at the Midland Emergency Management Office is reporting a storm summary of 6.42" of rain as of 9:30 AM CDT.

 Additional two day rainfall totals across west Texas include- The Snyder Airport is reporting a two day total of 2.98" the Andrews County Airport is reporting a two day total of 2.11", the Big Spring Airport is reporting a two day total of 4.56", the Midland International Airport ASOS is reporting a two day total of 4.72", the Odessa-Schlemeyer Airport is reporting a two day total of 5.13", the CRN Site near Monahans is reporting a two day total of 5.22", the Midland Raws located at the Midland International Airport is reporting a two day total of 5.83", the Beals Creek Near Westbrook automated gauge located east of Big Springs is reporting a two day total of 8.33".

Additional rainfall totals will be added later today, and I will also update any of the totals posted above if needed. Remnant moisture from former Hurricane Miriam and remnant moisture from Tropical Storm Norman (son of Miriam) combined to produce the widespread heavy rains across the area. Its been a long time in coming.

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One More Shot At Rain Today...Could Be Heavy.


(Thursday Sept 27, 2012).



(As of 5:30 AM MDT).





Another miss for southeastern New Mexico as far as the heavy rainfall that has been forecast so far. We will have another chance today into tonight then we will dry out on Saturday. Scattered rain showers and thunderstorms are forecast today, some of these may be heavy and produce localized flash flooding. Our chances of seeing rain today into tonight are generally in the 40% to 60% range. Our highs today are forecast to be in the low-mid 70's, with the low 80's forecast for Saturday and Sunday.

Heavy Rain Falling In West Texas.



Midland NWS GRLevel3 2.00 Doppler Radar Snapshots.







Very heavy rains are falling in the Midland/Odessa area early this morning. A Flash Flood Warning remains in effect until 7:45 AM CDT, and a Flash Flood Watch is in effect for much of west Texas for today into late tonight.

2.22" to 3.04" of rain had already fallen in the Midland area between Midnight and 6:00 AM MDT this morning, and heavy rain continues to fall. Local Emergency Management Officials in the city of Midland are asking residents to not travel in the city this morning due to the ongoing flash flooding. Numerous high water rescues have already occurred in Midland and Odessa. City Officials in Odessa are asking residents to avoid high water prone areas due to the heavy rains and flash flooding. Rainfall totals may reach 3" - 5" across parts of west Texas by tomorrow. Its possible that a few spots may even see more than this.

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Heavy Rain & Flash Flooding Possible Today Into Saturday!




A long fetch of deep tropical moisture (remnants of former Hurricane Miriam) can be seen streaming northeastward from southwest of the Baja Peninsula, and into New Mexico and west Texas on the Water Vapor Satellite Image above. This deep fetch of moisture is being pulled into our state, and local area by a mid-upper level trough of low pressure centered over Colorado. This remnant tropical moisture feed is forecast to continue streaming into our area into Saturday. 

Heavy Rain - Flash Flooding Today Into Saturday!








Valid At Noon Today.

Radar is showing scattered rain showers and a few isolated thunderstorms covering parts of Eddy and Lea Counties as of 5:30 AM this morning. Clouds will continue to increase today as we see an increase in rain showers and thunderstorms later today. Our high temperatures are forecast to be in the low-mid 80's today, and these temps could be a little high depending upon the cloud cover and rain coverage. We are expecting to see our highs in the upper 70's to near 80 tomorrow into Sunday. Again, depending upon the amount of cloud coverage and rain that falls over the area, some of us may be cooler than this, especially on Friday and Saturday.




Heavy rains are looking more and more likely across southeastern New Mexico and parts of west Texas. Remnant tropical moisture from former Hurricane Miriam is being pulled northeastward into the area by a mid-upper level trough of low pressure centered over Colorado.

 Short-range model forecasts indicate that rainfall totals by Saturday may be in the 1" - 3.00" range. This may vary some with some locations possibly receiving more than this and some locations receiving less. West Texas south and southeast New Mexico appears to be set up to see the heaviest rains, but any subtle shift north and west of the atmospheric parameters could bring more of this heavier rainfall into southeastern New Mexico. 

Flooding and flash flooding may be a problem for some areas across the area today into Saturday. Remember that most flash flood deaths occur in vehicles, and at night when it is harder to determine the depth of the water on a flooded roadway. Never attempt to drive or walk across a flooded stream or normally dry arroyo.

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