Isolated T-Storms But Still Very Hot This Week.
June 26th, 2018. This hazy, somewhat smokey, dusty sunrise I captured from just south of Whites City this morning pretty much sums up our weather of late. A cold front blew through the Southeastern Plains early Monday morning producing northerly wind gusts to 65 mph at the Bat Draw Raws located at the Carlsbad Caverns Visitor Center and 52 mph at an automated weather station in southwestern Carlsbad. The weak cold front brought brief relief from the excessive heat yesterday. My high temp recorded here at our home in Carlsbad was only 95.2º, down from 108.5º on Sunday and 105.1º on Saturday. I said brief because as of 3:50 PM MDT this Tuesday afternoon I've already managed to climb back up to 102.6º this afternoon. Triple digit highs are forecast for the rest of this work week. Meanwhile the Crooked Creek Fire currently burning along the east slopes of the northern Guadalupe Mountains some 20 miles southwest of Hope, and 30 miles west of Lakewood is now 40% containe