Heavy rains blanket Clovis, state

Staff and Wire Reports Clovis saw its wettest spell of the summer early Saturday morning, with more than 2 inches of rain and a flash-flood warning that hovered for nearly four hours. Officially, the city received 2.4 inches of rain — the most of any community in the state, officials at the National Weather Service […]

Weather expert expected injuries

By Mike Linn: CNJ News Editor A meteorologist said he’s suprised lightning did not cause more injuries on Tuesday night, as the National Weather Service recorded 6,000 lightning strikes in one hour within a 60-mile radius south of Portales. New Mexico State Police Officers Lance Bateman and Clint Varnell were struck near New Mexico Highway […]

Roosevelt county pounded by heavy rain

Freedom Newspapers Parts of Roosevelt County received up to 4 inches of rain Tuesday night, weather officials estimated, closing roads and leaving drivers with near zero visiblity at times. A Roosevelt County Sheriff’s spokeswoman said no injuries were reported. But officials said parts of State Highways 88 and 206 south of Portales were closed and […]

Wet weather blankets area

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David Arkin: CNJ Correspondent Linda Martinez came to Clovis from California’s San Bernardino Valley in search of a safer environment for her family. So far, the weather has not cooperated. A tree fell on her car Sunday night as a storm whipped through the region with lightning and winds at speeds in excess of 45 […]

Balloon show to take place as scheduled

CNJ staff Two hot air balloon shows were canceled Saturday due to weather, but this morning’s ascension will go off as scheduled, weather permitting of course. The Bank of Clovis Balloon Jamboree balloon ascension at a site north of the Plains Regional Medical Center is slated for 6 a.m. this morning. Saturday morning’s launch was […]

Light rain brushes area; misses Clovis

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNj staff writer Most Clovis streets remained dry Wednesday night, but some areas north of Clovis may received up to 0.15 inches as a storm front passed through about 8 p.m. Another front will pass through this afternoon and is expected to carry rain, according to National Weather Service officials. “The […]

Emergency management officials: Residents must stay informed

By Jack King: CNJ staff writer Cannon Air Force Base and the Clovis-Curry County Office of Emergency Management use different systems to report severe weather — and residents should be aware of it to avoid confusion, officials of the two entities said Friday. The Clovis-Curry County Office of Emergency Management relies on the National Weather […]

Outdoor activities most popular

Project: Reader Reaction A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked for favorite warm-weather activities. Some responses: “Nothing in this world makes me happier then being in one of my junk cars, running down the highway listening to ’60s music and hearing the rumble of the exhaust and feeling the warmth of the sun on my […]

Weekend rain soaks city, more expected

By Ben Kessler The recent dousing of Clovis may well have been a blessing for local gardeners, said Lowe’s hardware store employee Elmo Garcia. The zone manager for the store said the inclement weather is beneficial to plants and flowers. “I wish it (the rain) would go on all summer,” he said adding that gardeners […]

Wild weather’s wonders spark pursuit

David Arkin Severe weather involving tornados and lightning can lift fish out of lakes, snap utility poles like soggy toothpicks and force cows to scatter like bowling pins in all different directions. So it’s no wonder storm chaser Jerome Provencio says he might be a little bit crazy. And you can’t really blame him for […]

Civilian pilot makes emergency landing at Cannon

By Darrell Todd Maurina A civilian pilot suvived because Cannon Air Force Base took emergency steps to guide his damaged plane to Cannon’s runways during severe weather on March 12, according to Col. Robert Yates, 27th Fighter Wing commander. “When you have a fellow pilot in trouble you just pull out all the stops to […]

Forecaster says smoke in wind foretells weather

By Jack King Local long-time practitioner repeats ceremony taught by Plains Indians. In a more than 80-year-old spring ritual, Weldon Crim built a bonfire at his Parmer County family farm Monday to predict the weather in the coming year. Crim, 67, of Clovis, said setting the fire is a weather-forecasting method his grandfather learned from […]

Weather no problem at ag expo

FREEDOM NEWSPAPERS PORTALES — Vendors promoting a bevy of products to help endorse, maximize and reinvent the business of agriculture closed their booths and headed home on Wednesday as the New Mexico Ag Expo came to an end. Organizers say the event that started on Tuesday with a light, wind-driven snow and ended on a […]

Police: Don’t hurry in the flurry

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Clovis High School juniors Carlene Tucker, 16, left, and Jennifer Ulibarri, 17, throw snow at each other while clearing off their ride Tuesday in the high school parking lot. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Darrell Todd Maurina and Ryan Lengerich Heavy snows Monday night and Tuesday shut down expressways and county roads, closed colleges […]

Parched Clovis gets moisture

CNJ STAFF Some Clovis-area weather observers reported as much as 0.9 of an inch of rain by early Monday evening as a weather front approached, but most reported about a tenth of an inch or less. National Weather Service forecasters predicted the rain would turn to snow later in the evening, possibly generating up to […]

Area education halted by snow

By Darrell Todd Maurina Clovis school students received a day off Thursday, thanks to Mother Nature, but they’ll have to wait until this morning to learn if the weather vacation will continue. Lonnie Leslie, assistant superintendent for operations of the Clovis Municipal Schools, said the decision to close schools rests with Superintendent Neil Nuttall. Officials […]

School officials brace for snow

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Bottles of Driveway Heat ice melter line the shelf at the entrance of Triangle Ace Home Center as employee Sasha Guhrke, 16, works the register Wednesday at the store. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Darrell Todd Maurina When local school officials heard Wednesday afternoon that their students could face 3 inches of snow by […]

Snowstorm’s tail end drifts through area

Michelle Seeber While the Midwest and East Coast were bombarded with deadly winter weather the past two days, Clovis and Portales residents awoke Monday to a much weaker brand of snowfall. Lt. Patrick Whitney of the Clovis Police Department said the snowy weather, which brought little precipitation, didn’t adversely affect motorists. “There were four accidents […]

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 […]

Almanac’s weather appears to beat the professionals

By Tom DiFrancesca III Seems like a pretty strange winter we are having. One day it’s cold, the next day we are out washing our vehicles in short sleeves. I seem to recall that during the fall — the National Weather Service had predicted that this part of the country was in store for a […]