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Cloudcroft Aspens #2. 10-12-2014.


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My Wife (Diane) Caught Me In Action.


We Were At The Apache Point Observatory (9,123' MSL) When 
Diane Looked Down And Saw This Little Guy.


I Shot This Photo Of The Cosmic Raws (9.084' MSL).

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Cloudcroft Aspens - 10-12-2014.





Halfway Between Cloudcroft & Sunspot, NM. 10-12-2014.

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Average First Freeze Dates In SE NM.


Carlsbad, New Mexico 12-1-2009.

SE New Mexico's Average First Freeze.

Roswell's average first freeze is Oct 29.
Earliest Sept 27, 1901.
Latest Nov 23, 1934.

Artesia's average first freeze is Oct 26. 
Earliest Sept 28, 1968.
Latest Nov 27, 1965.

Carlsbad's average first freeze is Nov 2.
Earliest Sept 29, 1909.
Latest Nov 29, 1995.

Hobbs average first freeze is Nov 4. 
Earliest Oct 8, 1976.
Latest Nov 29, 1965.

Tatum's average first freeze is Oct 22.
Earliest Sept 20, 1971. 
Latest Nov 23, 2003.

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West Nile Virus Found In Eddy County New Mexico Mosquitoes.

"Press Release Media Contact: Joel Arnwine 
October 10, 2014 Phone: 575-652-5508


Residents urged to take precautions through the end of mosquito season
(Carlsbad) The New Mexico Department of Health and the Eddy County Emergency Operations Center announced today that West Nile virus positive mosquitoes were collected from Eddy County following the recent flooding in the area. The mosquitoes were collected by Department of Health personnel and were lab confirmed for West Nile virus.
“In light of flooding throughout the county, and this recent detection of West Nile virus infected mosquitoes, we are making every effort to inform the public on how to avoid the risk of contracting the virus,” said Kelly Cox, Eddy County Vector Control Supervisor. “With the widespread flooding, and the large amounts of standing water, citizens need to take precautions to protect themselves from mosquito bites.”
Eddy County Vector Control and vector control personnel from the City of Albuquerque Environmental Health Department and Bernalillo County Office of Health and Social Services who were brought in to help with emergency response have been spraying for mosquitoes. “Even with consistent treatment efforts, mosquito populations are going to remain higher than normal until the first frost,” states Kelly Cox, Eddy County Vector Control Supervisor. “Citizens have to take steps on their own to protect themselves from mosquito bites.”
Common West Nile virus symptoms are fever, nausea, headache, and muscle aches. In rare cases, West Nile virus can cause meningitis or encephalitis. If someone has these symptoms, they should see their health care provider. People older than 60 are at most risk for serious disease from West Nile virus.
Reduce the risk of contracting West Nile by minimizing exposure to mosquitoes: 
_Use insect repellent on exposed skin and clothing when you go outdoors. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends repellents containing DEET, Picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or IR3535 for use on skin, and permethrin for use on clothing. Always follow label directions when using insect repellents.
Wear long pants and long-sleeved shirts when active outdoors. 
If possible, avoid outdoor activities at dawn and dusk during peak mosquito activity. 
Keep windows and doors closed if not screened. If you leave your house doors or windows open, make sure they have screens that fit tightly and have no holes.

For more information about West Nile Virus go to the Center for Disease Control Website at:
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Blood Moon 10-8-2014.



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Reflections - Oct 5, 2014.



Reflections of a sitting train on the Salt Lakes. Hwy 128 Eddy Co NM. 

 Black Eyed Susan's along Hwy 128 in Eddy Co NM this morning.

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Record Setting SE NM Rainfall Totals - Sept 2014.


Blog Updated 10-3-2014.

Rio Penasco Sept 22, 2014.
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National Weather Service.
 Climate Co - Op Station September Totals.


Carlsbad 13.10" 
(New Sept Record - Previous 12.27" In 1980).
(Also The Greatest Monthly Total On Record).

Elk - East Of Mayhill 10.48"
Seminole, TX 9.15"
Hobbs 7.98"
Cloudcroft 7.62"
Artesia - 6 Miles South 7.37"
Tatum 5.28"
Roswell Airport 4.74"

September 2014 Summary.

Remnant moisture from four former Hurricanes pumped incredible amounts of tropical moisture into southeastern New Mexico, and nearby areas beginning the week of September 8th. During the period from Sept 10th through the 23rd, I received one report of 25.50" of rainfall at a farm located one mile east of Malaga. I haven't had any follow information from that location so the total rainfall that fell there, and in other locations in Loving, Malaga, and Otis, in September is unknown at this time.

Heaviest September Totals-

1 Mile East Malaga 25.50+"
Durante Rd 1 Mile East Malaga 22.25+"
Derrick Rd/Old Cavern Hwy 21.50+"

Bowl Raws Located Below Guadalupe Pk 19.13"
Pine Springs GMNP MesoNet 17.85"
Between Kincaid Ranch Rd & Rockin R Red Rd 17.70+"
Kennel Rd 16.70+"
South 6th St Carlsbad 16.50+"
McKittrick Canyon 15.53"
Pine Springs - Pinery Raws 15.41"

Paduca Raws - Near The WIPP Site 13.85"
Queen Raws 13.70"
17.1 NW Carlsbad 13.17"
Carlsbad NWS Climate Co-Op Station 13.10"
Bat Draw Raws - Carlsbad Caverns 12.86"
N5MJ SE Carlsbad 12.79"
Dog Canyon Raws 12.48"
1.2 W Monument 11.67"
Dark Canyon Rd 11.55"
Red Hills Gas Plant - 21 WMW Jal 11.50"
Jal Climate 11.38"
Bonito Lake - Runnels Stable 11.16"
Queen 33.3 WSW Carlsbad 10.95"
1.9 NW Carlsbad 10.80"
6.6 NW Jal 10.07"
0.07 N Sunspot 10.05"

Roswell 0.3 SSW 9.87"
2.1 Miles NNW Downtown Carlsbad 9.86"
Atoka - 5 S Artesia 9.40"
Sacramento Peak Observatory 9.34"
Ocha Climate 9.20"
Hobbs MesoNet 9.01"

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