Relief From This Excessive Heatwave Comes In Small Doses.

July 8, 2023.
Sunset In Atoka .
 6 Miles South Of Artesia, New Mexico.

On & On It Goes - Our Excessive Heatwave.

(6-10 & 8-14 Day Outlooks).




Valid At 3 PM MDT Friday, July 21, 2023.


Valid At 6 AM MDT Friday, July 21, 2023.


Valid Today - Wednesday, July 26, 2023.

NWS NDFD Forecast High Temps Today.


NWS NDFD Forecast High Temp Anomalies Today.


Friday.


NWS NDFD Forecast High Temp Anomalies Friday.




Relief From This Heat Comes In Small Doses.

Good news...sorta of. Today will be the last day that our high temperatures here in southeastern New Mexico approach or exceed 110º. So far here at our home in northwest Carlsbad I have recorded five days that have had high temps of 110º. I topped out yesterday at 111...my highest (unofficial) reading of the summer. 

We get somewhat of a break on Friday as the "death ridge of high pressure" slides westward and recenters over Arizona and a cold front approaches from the north.

A weak shallow cold front is forecast to enter northeastern New Mexico Friday and sag southward and westward through the rest of the eastern and southeastern plains Friday afternoon. Our forecast highs Friday are currently projected to be near 100º across the southeastern plains. How about the mid 90's on Saturday? 

Southeastern Plains.

Scattered thunderstorms are forecast to develop ahead of and behind the approaching cold front Friday and Saturday. Our chances for measurable rainfall across the southeastern plains currently stands at 20% to 30%.

Now the bad news that is not going to make you happy. By Sunday we will once again climb back up into the 100º range for high temperatures. With highs in the low 100's forecast for the beginning of next week and beyond.

Guadalupe Mountains.

Queen is forecast to climb up to 101º this afternoon. The mid 90's are forecast for Thursday and Friday. Saturday the mid 80's. You have a 20% to 30% chance of scattered thunderstorms Friday night and again on Saturday.

Sacramento & Capitan Mountains.

Scattered afternoon thunderstorms are once again in your forecast. Aided by a weak surge of monsoonal moisture from northern Mexico and the approaching weak cold front Friday and Saturday. 

Your chances for measurable rainfall are generally in the 20% to 40% range today into the upcoming weekend. The chances for measurable rainfall jumps up into the 50% to 60% range on Saturday.

Locally heavy rainfall and even localized flash flooding will be possible with the stronger of these scattered thunderstorms. It's also that a few of these could also approach severe levels or become severe. 

Your high temperatures are forecast to range from upper 90's to 100º today in the Dunken, Elk, Pinon, and Hondo areas. The low to mid 90's the Mayhill, Timberon, High Rolls/Mountain Park, and Capitan areas.

Highs in the Ruidoso, Ruidoso Downs, and the Sacramento/Weed areas today are expected to be in the low 90's.

The Cloudcroft area the low 80's today and a high Saturday of 72º.

Your high temperatures will gradually cool day by day starting on Thursday going into the weekend across the Sacramento mountains. By the weekend you will see your average high temps some ten degrees cooler than today.

Reported Official/Unofficial High Temps Sunday:
Roswell Airport 111.
8-Mile Draw Raws NE of Roswell 110.
NW Carlsbad ZiaNet Stn 110.
El Paso, TX Airport 109.
Hagerman ZiaNet Stn 109.
Carlsbad Airport 109.
Artesia Airport 108.
Malaga ZuaNet Stn 108.
Padu a Raws Near WIPP 108.
Loving ZiaNet Stn 107.
Hobbs Airport 106.
Alamogordo Airport 106.
Holloman AFB 106.
Jal ZiaNet Stn 106.
Bat Draw Raws Carlsbad Caverns 105.
Guadalupe Pass 101.
Dunken Raws 101.
Queen Raws 100.
Mayhill Raws 95.
Smokey Bear Raws Ruidoso 95.
Timberon unofficial 92.
Cloudcroft NWS Climate Co-Op Stn 83.
My high (unofficial) at our home in NW Carlsbad 111.

Number Of Days To-Date With High Temps 100º Or Higher.
(April 1st - July 17, 2023).

Roswell Airport ASOS (1948 -2023) 30.
Max # of days 65 in 2020. (1893 - 2023).

Carlsbad Airport ASOS (1930 - 2023) 29.  
Max # of days 75 in 2011.

Carlsbad NWS Climate Co-Op Station (1900 -2020)  M. Station is no longer in service.
Max # of days 80 in 1934. (1900 - 2020).

Artesia Airport AWOS (2009 - 2023) 24.  
Max # of days 41 in 2011.

Brantley Dam NWS Climate Co-Op Station 27.
Max # of days 67 in 2011.

Artesia Climate NWS Co-Op Station (1905 - 2023) 24.
Max # of days 73 in 1934.

Alamogordo White Sands Regional Airport AWOS (2009 - 2023) 22.
Max # of days 28 in 2020. 
Max # days 46 in 1951 at the Alamogordo Climate Co-Op Station (1913-2008).

Hobbs Airport AWOS (1941 - 2023) 19.
Max # of days 27 in 2020.

Caprock NWS Climate Co-Op Station (2007 - 2023) 19.
Max # of days 56 in 2022.

Hope Climate NWS Co-Op Station (1919 - 2023) 10.
Max # of days 67 in 2011. 

Bitter Lakes Wildlife Refuge NWS Climate Co-Op Station (1951 - 2023) 7.
Max # of days 56 in 1980.

Our home in NW Carlsbad (2007 - 2023) 32
Max # of days 75 in 2011.


Number Of Days To-Date With High Temps 90º Or Higher.
(April 1st - July 17, 2023).

Elk Climate NWS Co-Op Station (1895 - 2023). 23.
Max # of days 50 in 1900.

Ruidoso Climate NWS Co-Op Station (1942 - 2023). 9.
Max # of days 25 in 1951.

Mountain Park NWS Climate Co-Op Station (1894 - 2023) 7.
Max # of days 31 in 1969.

Number Of Days To-Date With High Temps 80º Or Higher.
(April 1st - July 17, 2023).

Cloudcroft NWS Climate Co-Op Station (1900 - 2023) 11
Max # of days 33 in 1918.

Note: This data is preliminary as of Sunday, July 18, 2023. Some stations may have had more occurences than currently listed due to the lack of availability of data online. Updated info on this data will be provided at a later date.

There Are None So Blind As Those Who "Will - Not" To See...107.

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