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A Couple More Days Of Hot Weather - But Much Cooler & Wetter Next Week.

Blog Updated At 1:46 PM MDT.

I shot this beautiful sunset last Saturday in Lea County. A plume of
smoke from the Silver Fire, near Kingston, New Mexico, northeast
of Silver City, to our west created the colors in this sunset.
The fire has now consumed some 100,000 acres and
was started by dry lightning on June 7th.

Yesterday was another hot one. A high of 112F was noted at the 8-Mile Draw Raws which is located northeast of Roswell. this is the highest temperature that I have seen reported in southeastern New Mexico so far this summer. Both the Roswell and Carlsbad Airports recorded highs of 108F. I reached 107F on my Davis Vantage Pro2 home weather station here in Carlsbad. Jal recorded a high of 107F and Hope 106F. Today is expected to be hot with our afternoon highs once again climbing up to around 105F.

Death Valley Could Challenge Its All-Time Record High Temp.

We can't even begin to compare our hot weather with Death Valley's weather over the next five days or so. There is a chance that they may reach or possibly even break their all-time record high temp of 134F which was set on July 10, 1913. Whether or not this happens remains to be seen but check out their current forecast highs temps for Sunday and Monday of 129F. This after a morning low Monday of 99F and Tuesday morning of 100F.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of that temperature. Click on the link to read more.

Cooling Down With Rain Chances Going Up Next Week.

Current NWS forecasts for southeastern New Mexico (Roswell, Artesia, Carlsbad, Hobbs) continue to indicate that we will have a couple more days of  hot weather, but then gradually cool off as we head into the weekend, and continuing into next week. Our chances for rain are also going up. In fact Carlsbad has a 40% of thunderstorms on Monday with a forecast high of only 87F

Current forecast model trends continue to indicate this as well. In fact this mornings GFS 12Z model run really ramps up the thunderstorm activity across the Sacramento mountains over the next week. Heavy rains could fall there which would undoubtedly cause some flash flooding problems should this model be correct. This may become of a concern for folks living in the mountains near and down stream of the burn scar areas from our recent forest fires. 

Check out this article in the "Ruidoso News" which discusses the impacts of flash flooding this year on the Bonito Lake Watershed. Just a quarter of an inch of rain last year raised the lake level up by 11 feet! We desperately need the rains but if they are heavy enough we may be dealing with potential flash flooding across parts of the area next week. 

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