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Forecast Highs 80's Today & Saturday - 30's Monday.

Blog Updated At 2:00 PM MST Friday, March 1st, 2019.

Today Friday, March 1st, 2019.

Local Record High Temperatures For March 1st.

Roswell 86ºF In 2006
Artesia 86ºF In 2006
Carlsbad 90ºF In 1904
Hobbs 84ºF In 2006
Tatum 84ºF In 2006
Elk 74ºF In 2008
Ruidoso 69ºF In 1975
Cloudcroft 68ºF In 1924

Saturday March 2nd, 2019.

Saturday's highs will likely be a couple of degrees warmer in some areas.

Local Record High Temperatures For March 2nd.

Roswell 90ºF In 1967
Artesia 86ºF In 1928
Carlsbad 91ºF In 1904
Hobbs 85ºF In 2006
Tatum 83ºF In 2006
Elk 81ºF In 2009
Ruidoso 77ºF In 2009
Cloudcroft 66ºF In 2009

Spring like temperatures will greet us today on this first day of the meteorological spring 2019. Although it will be warmer than normal its not likely that any new daily record high temperatures will be established. Forecast highs across Southeastern New Mexico and nearby West Texas will range from the upper 70's to the low 80's. These highs will average some 15ºF above normal for the date today and Saturday.

Sunday March 3rd, 2019.

Sunday will be a transition day as a strong late winter-like arctic cold front knocks on our back door. How warm Sunday afternoon will be depends on how far south and west the arctic air mass manages to push. If the cold front stalls to our north and east we could easily be a little warmer than is currently being forecast. Or if the cold front arrives earlier than current thinking it could just as easily be much colder than what is currently forecast for the local area.

Forecast Low Temperatures & Departures From Normal.

Monday Morning March 4th, 2019.

Forecast High Temperatures & Departures From Normal.

Monday March 4th, 2019.

No matter when the cold front arrives on Sunday...Monday is going to being much colder! Low temperatures Monday morning are currently forecast to be in the teens and twenties and wind chills will range from zero and the single digits to the teens. Forecast highs may even end up being colder than what is currently forecast locally with many of us not making it out of the 30's for highs. 

Local Record Coldest High Temperatures For March 4th.

Roswell 34ºF In 1969
Artesia 27ºF In 1948
Carlsbad 39ºF In 1969
Hobbs 29ºF In 1948
Tatum 36ºF In 1954
Elk 32ºF In 1948
Ruidoso 38ºF In 1966
Cloudcroft 22ºF In 1915

Local Record Low Temperatures For March 4th.

Roswell 12ºF In 2002
Artesia 8ºF In 2002
Carlsbad 13ºF In 2002
Hobbs 4ºF In 1917
Tatum 7ºF In 2002
Elk 0ºF In 1948
Ruidoso -7ºF In 1965
Cloudcroft 5ºF In 2002

Many fruit trees in the Pecos Valley and other local areas have bloomed out beautifully. Take your photos and remember them because come Monday and Tuesday mornings a killing freeze will end that. This has happened so many times in my lifetime. 

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