AgSense: Good crops still possible with little rain

By Mark Marsalis Farmers in eastern New Mexico have received little or no precipitation since fall of 2010. In addition, irrigation quantity and seasonal availability are becoming severely limited in the region with each passing year. Consequently, local dryland farmers are facing a no-plant situation for grain crops and irrigated farmers are not sure if […]

Brief rainfall grazes region

Argen Duncan The Portales and Clovis area saw spotty rain Tuesday night. The National Weather Service has reports of two-tenths of an inch of rain 6 miles southeast of Portales and one-tenth of an inch 3 miles north-northwest of Texico, NWS Hydronet technician Maxine Pacheco said. No other sites in Roosevelt, Curry or Quay counties […]

Local man predicts dry spring

CNJ staff Chief Joseph Crim of the Plains Indians predicted the weather for the rest of 2011, using methods handed down from his ancestors. Crim said the wind came Tuesday morning out of the southwest, which meant little precipitation. “That’s a bad omen,” Crim said. “It will be dry this spring.” The tradition, Crim said, […]

Recent moisture only temporary

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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 […]

Firefighters preparing for height of fire season

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Freedom New Mexico: Thomas Garcia A sign outside Portales indicates the level of fire danger each day. By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico Area fire departments are preparing for what they consider the height of fire season. High winds and low precipitation are contributing to the high fire danger in Roosevelt and Curry counties, officials […]

Wintry weather headed this way

From Ken De Los Santos, Clovis/Curry County emergency management director, warning of wintry weather expected for Clovis, Portales and Tucumcari areas: A LARGE STORM SYSTEM SPINNING OFF THE NORTHERN CALIFORNIA COAST WILL WEAKEN AND MOVE INLAND THURSDAY WITH ITS REMNANTS CROSSING NEW MEXICO FRIDAY. ANOTHER STORM WILL ORGANIZE OFF THE WEST COAST LATE THIS WEEK […]

Cold blast hits area

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George Rodriguez of Clovis checks on his nephew, David Davulos, who wrapped up to beat the cold weather that moved into the region Monday afternoon. Today the high is expected to be in the low 30s. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Snow shovels and bags of salt used to […]

Rain at last

By Darrell Todd Maurina Clovis received its first snowfall of the season early Saturday, with some area observers reporting up to an inch of snow on the grass. The National Weather Service reported peak wind gusts of up to 40 mph in Clovis and an official rain total of 0.19 of an inch. Officials of […]

July blanked in precip so far

CNJ Staff Clovis recorded its wettest June in four decades last month. Late Wednesday, it was a few hours from potentially recording its first dry July in almost a century of record keeping. National Weather Service officials said the city has not recorded any measurable precipitation since June 29. NWS records show the city has […]

Clovis seeing wettest season in 4 decades

By Janet Bresenham Clovis is experiencing its wettest June in 40 years. Early Sunday evening, the National Weather Service in Albuquerque had recorded 5.97 inches of rain for Clovis in June. “We’re well above normal, for sure, with those figures,” NWS forecaster and meteorologist Mark Fettig said. “The normal amount of precipitation for Clovis in […]