Rain, rain, comes back for another day

Janet Bresenham

Sunday evening brought another round of rainfall to the parched plains of eastern New Mexico, bringing a second day of moisture during the Memorial Day weekend.
“Each and every day for the holiday weekend and even through Tuesday, we’re going to see some rainfall in the form of scattered showers,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Dave Scheibe in Albuquerque.
Unlike Saturday’s downpour, however, no severe warnings were issued for the Clovis area on Sunday.
There were flash flood warnings in Roosevelt County which expired Sunday evening, though, and even an unconfirmed report of funnel clouds west of Elida, Scheibe said.
“It’s raining like crazy,” said Portales Fire Department Battalion Chief Jesse Mowrer. “We’ve had some pretty dramatic lightning and pretty consistent rain (tonight). But we haven’t had any problems. It’s fantastic. I love the rain.”
While Clovis and Curry County got quite a soaking Saturday evening, the brunt of the thunderstorm activity Sunday seemed to be in the Portales and Roosevelt County area.
Lt. Mike Inge at the Clovis Fire Department said there was some isolated, localized street flooding in parts of Clovis and Curry County during the height of the storm, but no major problems.
“I drove out awhile ago and it seemed to be a lot of water on some streets, but not too bad,” Inge said Sunday night.
Meanwhile, rainfall totals from Saturday’s storms showed about an inch of rain in Texico and slightly less than that in Clovis, with varying amounts in other parts of the region.
Friona set a record with the moisture that fell Saturday, according to longtime resident Bill Ellis, who keeps track of rainfall totals in that city.
“We got 1.6 inches — and most of that was in about 45 minutes,” Ellis said. “I checked my records and that’s the most we’d had in one day since May of 2001. May is usually a pretty good month for rainfall, but our moisture last May was very bad.”
The National Weather Service forecast calls for highs today in the low 70s and overnight lows in the 50s, with scattered showers, cloudy skies and thunderstorms continuing today and Tuesday, Scheibe said.