Recent moisture only temporary

CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Corey Banister has worked with the post office for 8 and a half years. She said the rain doesn’t affect her job much, she just wears a hoodie. “There’s nothing like being wet,” Banister joked.

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer

Clovis received more precipitation in 24 hours than it has in the first four months of the year. However, the moisture is likely to be short-lived, according to the National Weather Service.

Thunderstorms that moved through the area Tuesday night and this morning brought an inch of rain to the region, according to Tim Shy, a senior forecaster at the National Weather Service’s Albuquerque field office.

An additional half-inch was expected by Thursday, he said.

But overall, Shy said, there is nothing to indicate further moisture for the spring months.

“It looks like it’s pretty solidly going to be a dry May. The probability is that it’s not going to be a good month for rain,” he said.

However, “June and July should compensate some and bring things closer to normal,” he said.

Clovis Fire Chief Ray Westerman said the rain offers temporary respite from dry conditions and heightened fire risk in the area, but, “as soon as this goes away and we get a couple days worth of sunshine then we’re right back where we started.”

This spring has been relatively dry, Shy said, delivering almost an inch of rain below the same period last year.

In March, April and May 2007, Clovis received 2.49 inches of rain, however this year to-date, totals are only around 1.56 inches, National Weather Service Data shows.

The dry conditions have led officials to enact a countywide burn ban.

The Curry County Commission is also considering an open flames ordinance that would provide law enforcement the ability to issue citations with stricter penalties.

“(The rain), it’s kind of a start. It’s much needed and will offer some relief, but if we don’t get some follow up it’s a very small window (of relief),” Westerman said.

Clovis rain totals in inches:

January — .003

February — .006

March — trace

April — .47

May — 1.08

Year to date — 1.56