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Sunday, January 7th, 2007

Snow!

Las Cruces got snow this morning — but light on the west side and very light in the Organs.

The east side of Las Cruces got about an inch. Here what a pecan orchard looked like just outside of town:

This was taken in the foothills of the Organ Mountains, in Soledad Canyon. Even though this is 1200+ feet above Las Cruces, there’s little snow.

Another view:

Here’s a closeup of the windmill. This being the West, it’s got a few bullet holes.

This shows how light the snow was:
Organ Mountains
By afternoon, the sun was out and snow was going fast.

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Sunday, December 31st, 2006

Happy New Year!

2006 ends with no snow in Las Cruces, even though most of New Mexico and the United States has snow — Albuquerque has 24 inches! Temperatures here are still in the low 70s, high 60s during the day.

There was a small sprinkling of snow on the peaks of the Organ Mountains this morning, which was gone by early afternoon. This photo was taken just before it began to melt.

Happy New Year!

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Thursday, September 14th, 2006

Tornado, Hail, Flooding

A severe storm moved through Las Cruces yesterday, producing a tornado, up to quarter-sized hail, and some flooding. The tornado was sighted moving toward the city from the west, but did no damage and apparently was small.

Here’s a photo of the leading edge of the storm.


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Saturday, September 2nd, 2006

More Rain – 9/2/06

The rain continues to fall, which is welcomed, but when rain falls in the desert, it’s often intense, creating flooding and erosion.

Here’s a shot of the rain coming down at this moment.

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Friday, September 1st, 2006

More Rain – 8/31/06

Parts of Las Cruces received at least 1.9 inches during the night.


Here you can see a rain storm rolling across the Organ Mountains.

One consequence of rain is dazzling sunsets:

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Wednesday, August 30th, 2006

Doña Ana County Declared Disaster Area

The Federal Government has just declared Doña Ana County a disaster area.

The most recent flooding hit Radium Springs hard, which is just north of Las Cruces.


Radium Springs is the site of Fort Selden, which was an active fort from 1866-1877 and from 1881-1891.


Today .

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Monday, August 28th, 2006

Rain, Rain, Rain …

The big news in Las Cruces, and all of southern New Mexico, is rain – and flooding! The yearly average for Las Cruces is about 6.5 inches. So far this year, the Weather Service has reported 9.7 inches.

But many local areas have had much more rain than that, some by 3 or 4 inches. It is quite common for rain to fall heavily in very localized areas. Here’s an example, taken today at sunset, looking over Las Cruces to the West.


The flooding has been severe in Hatch, New Mexico, and in some of the areas surrounding Las Cruces.


Hatch is famous for its green chiles — in fact, few in New Mexico doubt that Hatch produces the finest chiles in the world.

Have the chiles been harmed?

So far, not too much. But prices are already higher.

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