What A Way To End January - 81ºF Today.

(Unofficial Temperatures).

Whitney Farms Southeast Of Roswell.

Cottonwood Northwest Of Artesia.

Alfadale Farms In Atoka - South Of Artesia.



Nothing like going out of January into February with afternoon highs topping out at 81ºF today.  The Artesia Airport checked in with a high of 81ºF, the Carlsbad Airport 80ºF, and the Roswell Airport 78ºF. Which incidentally put us some 20-degrees above normal for the date.

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Near Record High Temps Wednesday!

Ground Fog Obscures The Bottom Half Of This Tower West Of Orla, Tx.

Near Record High Temperatures Wednesday.

NWS NDFD Forecast Temperature Anomalies.

Forecast high temperatures in the upper 70's Wednesday afternoon for Southeastern New Mexico will be some 15 to 20 degrees above normal for the last day of January, 2018. Don't be surprised is a couple of stations come close to reaching the 80ºF mark either.

Local Climate Data For January 31st.

Take a look at Roswell's record high temperature for January 31st...an impressive 88ºF last set in 1893! Artesia, Carlsbad, and Hobbs were not keeping climate records for the National Weather Service back then but Id bet that Artesia and Carlsbad came close to reaching 90ºF if they didn't in fact do so on that date.

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Up & Down On Our Temps Next Week.

Taken Just East Of Cloudcroft, New Mexico.

Thus far this winter season the Cloudcroft, New Mexico (8,660') Climate Co-Op Station has recorded a grand total of 15.2" of snowfall. There are some days with missing data but this total is close to what the CoCoraHS Station (0.4 ESE) has recorded so far for the season (14.0").

 Long term average snowfall for Cloudcroft (Sep - Jan) is 41.3" with a seasonal average (Sep - May) 76.6". This figure is derived from the two station locations averaged together. The first includes data from 1901 - 1987 (average seasonal snowfall 82.8") and the second location data from 1987 - 2017 (average seasonal snowfall 70.3"). 

Ski Apache west of Ruidoso with a base altitude of 9,600' has only had 22.5" of snowfall for this winter season to date. They average 180" seasonally. 

Temperature Anomalies 
(January 1st - 25th, 2018).

There continues to be a rather sharp contrast in temperature anomalies across New Mexico this month. East of the mountains the eastern one third of the sate remains below normal. West of the mountains most of the rest of the state is averaging above normal. Arctic cold fronts moving south down the east face of the Rockies has kept the eastern plains colder than normal while for the most part they have been too shallow to penetrate very far west of the central mountain chain.

Temperature Anomalies.
(December 1st - January 25th, 2018).

Overall the coldest outbreaks of arctic air were felt across the eastern on third of the state from just after Christmas into the first ten days or so of this month. We've had a couple of other arctic fronts that have moved into the local area but none as strong as the fronts mentioned above. To date we are averaging close to normal for the winter average temperature-wise. With long range models and teleconnections forecasting more invasions of cold arctic based air masses to affect the local area from next weekend into at least the middle of February this may change.

Regional Forecast High Temperature Anomalies.
(Wednesday, January 31st, 2018).

Regional Forecast High Temperatures.
(Wednesday, January 31st, 2018).

Our temperature roller coaster ride continues next week. No precipitation in site either.

As has been the case for most of this winter yet another shot of arctic air is forecast to invade the eastern one third of New Mexico by Thursday night into Friday. 

(January 27th).

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SE & South-Central NM Enduring A Snow Drought This Winter.

Do You See The Two Contrails Inside Of The Sun Halo?

(As Of 5 AM MST Monday, January 22, 2018).

(As Of 5 AM MST Monday, January 22, 2018).

The Terra polar orbiting satellite RGB image from 1115 am courtesy of shows sharp contrast between snow (red) and bare ground (green)

(November 1, 2017 - January 22, 2018).

Thus far our winter locally has been one of drought as far as snowfall goes. Note that the Cloudcroft CoCoRaHS Station located 0.4 miles east-southeast of the Post Office has only measured a pitiful 13.8" of snowfall since November 1st. Ruidoso isn't any better with only 0.7" measured by the CoCoRaHS Observer 2.9 miles southwest of the Post Office. Ski Apache located west of Ruidoso is struggling also with a seasonal total to date of only 22.5". Their seasonal average (November - April) is 180"

Queen west-southwest of Carlsbad in the Guadalupe Mountains has only measured 5.5". Here at our home in Carlsbad I've measured 0.7" to date.

Sadly the computer forecast models don't offer any hope of things changing anytime soon.

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Cold Today But Nothing Compared To Siberia!

Blog Updated 2:30 AM MST Wednesday, Jan 17, 2018.

Today's Theme For Sure In SE NM & W TX! 

Arctic Air Grips The Nation!

(AS Of 4 PM MST).

This Mornings Lows.

This Afternoons Highs.

Low Temps Wednesday Morning.

High Temps Wednesday.

High Temps Thursday.


Single digit overnight low temperatures will occur in a few spots tonight with most of the local area seeing the teens. By Friday some of us will be flirting with 70ºF. This has been the theme this winter up and down on the roller coaster ride.

(Valid At 5 PM MST Tuesday, Jan 16, 2018).

ECMWF Siberian Temperature Anomalies.
(Valid At 5 PM MST Tuesday, Jan 16, 2018).

ECMWF Siberian Mean Sea Level Pressure (MSLP).
(Valid At 5 PM MST Tuesday, Jan 16, 2018).

Unofficially they dropped down to -67ºC or -88.6ºF. Their digital thermometer broke when it reached a temperature of -62ºC or -79.6ºF. It will be interesting to watch to see if this brutally frigid Siberian air mass is able to work its way into the U.S. in about 10 days. Sometimes this happens as in 1933 when they recorded their all-time lowest temperature of -67.7ºC or -89.9ºF. Many Western U.S. all-time record low temperatures were established including Artesia's -35ºF on February 8, 1933. 

Welcome to the coldest village on earth where the average temperature in January is -50C and inhabitant's eye lashes freeze solid mere moments after stepping outside. The remote Siberian village of Oymyakon is the coldest permanently inhabited settlement in the world.   
It was so icy in the Russian village that a new electronic thermometer conked out after recording a bone-cracking minus 62C.

The official weather station at the 'pole of cold' registered minus 59C, but locals said their readings were as low as minus 67C - less than 1C off the lowest accepted temperature for a permanent settlement anywhere in the world.
And that record breaking recording was taken in the town back in 1933.
One villager in Oymyakon recorded a temperature of minus 67C, while others agreed that the official reading of minus 59C did not tell the full story. 
The digital thermometer was installed last year to help Oymyakon market itself to tourists, but it gave up the ghost at minus 62C.
'It broke because it was too cold,' reported The Siberian Times

The village is home to around 500 hardy people and in the 1920s and 1930s was a stopover for reindeer herders who would water their flocks from the thermal spring. 
This is how the town got its name which translates as 'the water that doesn't freeze'.  
The Soviet government later made the site a permanent settlement during a drive to force its nomadic population into putting down roots.     
In 1933, a temperature of minus 67.7C was recorded in Oymyakon, accepted as the lowest ever in the northern hemisphere.
Lower temperatures are recorded in Antarctica, but here there are no permanently inhabited settlements. 

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