Storm dumps 3 to 4 inches of rain on Melrose

Gary Mitchell Roads were flooded around Melrose late Saturday night as a stalled thunderstorm dumped between 3 and 4 inches of moisture on farms and ranches in the area. Grady Bright of Melrose recorded 2.97 inches in town. “It was basically a 3-inch rain,” he said. “Most of it fell in about an hour. It […]

City’s dry spell broken

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Danny Acosta, 10, rollerblades as he enjoys the rain Sunday outside his home in the 600 block of Gidding Street in Clovis. This was the first measurable rainfall Clovis has received in more than a month. Photo by Eric Kluth. Freedom Newspapers Clovis officially ended an historic dry spell on Sunday, recording its first measurable […]

Cool spell a welcome bit of relief

By Janet Bresenham On Sunday afternoon, Clovis and Curry County residents finally experienced a slight break in the weather, with a cloud cover that brought sprinkles of rain and cooler temperatures. After days of unrelenting, triple-digit temperatures and sweltering summer sun, the cool-off provided welcome relief. According to the National Weather Service in Albuquerque, Sunday’s […]

We want you to maybe get a little wet

We need some volunteers. Wait! Come back. This will be fun. No meetings. No spending your own money. This won’t even keep you from your favorite TV show. You can fulfill the requirements during a commercial break. We need volunteer weather watchers. The hardest part of the job will involve walking outside when it’s raining. […]

Clovis may have set new high

CNJ staff Monday may have set a record high temperature in Clovis, beating a heat wave in 1958 that set record highs all over eastern New Mexico. Or then again, it may not. According to the National Weather Service office in Albuquerque, the July 14 record high for Clovis was 103 in 1958. Cannon Air […]

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 […]

Eye of the deluge

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City of Clovis employees Val Holguin and Jimmy Salazar work to pump water on Thursday from Seventh and Ash streets in Clovis. The city began pumping water at noon, and expected to pump throughout the night. By Darrell Todd Maurina and Jack King A torrential downpour early Thursday morning dumped more than 2 inches of […]

Shocking statistics

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By Darrell Todd Maurina Curry County’s emergency management director worries people don’t take the threat of lightning serious enough. According to Ken De Los Santos, lightning is among the most dangerous weather phenomena in New Mexico — partly because people don’t know that storms can be dangerous long before rain begins to fall and therefore […]

Weather hasn’t been friend to this year’s cotton crop

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Monti Vandiver, integrated pest management extension agent for Parmer and Bailey counties, holds a cotton plant damaged by the weather Tuesday in a field north of Farwell. By Gary Mitchell FARWELL — After a month of devastating winds, rain, hail and blowing sand, area cotton farmers are now hoping for just a little sunny weather. […]

Storms hit area again

By Darrell Todd Maurina Friday evening’s thunderstorms brought high winds, pea-sized hail, and heavy rain to the Clovis area, but area law enforcement agencies reported no major weather-related damage. “We did have some streets flooded, which is normal due to all the rain,” said Curry County Emergency Management Director Ken De Los Santos. “The flooding […]

Times change between rains

By David Stevens Gary Johnson was New Mexico’s governor back then. Saddam Hussein was still running Iraq. Area cotton gins were getting ready for a record-setting season. It’s been a long time since it’s been this wet in eastern New Mexico. The Clovis area has received nearly 1 1/2 inches of moisture in the past […]

Question and answer: Ken de los Santos

Ken de los Santos, 39, serves as the city’s emergency management director. Q: How long have you been in this position with the city of Clovis? A: Nearly two years now. I started in October 2002. Q: What was your background prior to this position? A: I’m retired from the Air Force in 2001. My […]

Pioneer Days celebration takes to the skies

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Airabelle the Cow, a heifer-shaped balloon sponsored by the Southwest Dairy Farmers, will be one of many balloons launching Saturday. By Janet Bresenham When 31 hot air balloons get ready to launch from Clovis on Saturday morning, John Sando hopes he will be aboard a special one named “The Desert Dancer.” “That would be awesome,” […]

Storm loses punch

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Sunni Moberly, 8, looks Thursday into what used to be the bathroom of her mobile home north of Melrose. The mobile home was hit by a grain storage bin in Wednesday’s storm. By Darrell Todd Maurina Despite warnings of incoming severe weather, Thursday night storms fizzled out before reaching the Curry County line. “The closer […]

Monsoon rising

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Clovis was under thunderstorm and tornado warnings on Wednesday evening as severe storms moved through the area. CNJ Staff Severe weather hopscotched over eastern New Mexico on Wednesday evening, largely sparing Clovis but damaging farms in northwest Curry County, downing power lines at Cannon Air Force Base and Portales and causing flooding in Portales. The […]

Tornados pepper Texas towns

By Darrell Todd Maurina Up to five tornadoes touched down Tuesday evening in the rural area between Friona and Bovina, but no major structural damage was reported. “We had several reports of small tornado touchdowns in Parmer County, one four miles southwest of Friona, and several to the west of Friona and north of Bovina,” […]

High winds spark grass fire, cause minor damage to church.

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Sacred Heart employees Johnny Gallegos, left, and Jose Montoya survey the damage to the Sacred Heart School’s roof Thursday after a gust of wind ripped a piece from the building. Darrell Todd Maurina Despite Thursday’s high winds, Clovis was mostly spared from damage. One exception was Sacred Heart Catholic Church, where winds approaching 50 mph […]

Lack of moisture hampers planting

By Mike Linn A lack of precipitation and plenty of wind-battered crop land has been concerning area farmers, causing some to parlay excessive amounts of water onto their fields from area agriculture wells. One Roosevelt County farmer, Colin Chandler, said he has already spent more money fixing water pumps this year than all of last […]

Area placed under tornado watch

By Jack King The National Weather Service called the first tornado watch of the season for Curry and Roosevelt counties at 3:55 p.m. Tuesday, based on observations of wind speed, temperatures and instability in low levels of the atmosphere, said Jess Michalski, a meteorologist at the weather service’s Albuquerque office. But, Michalski said, no tornadoes […]