Friday morning briefing: About rain, the price of gas and a pop classic

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing.

Fast fact

The rainiest year in Clovis’ history was 1941 with 46.91 inches falling.

To date, Clovis has received 1.71 inches this year.

Price of gas

AAA New Mexico reported Thursday the statewide average price for a gallon of gas is 11 cents below the national average.

The statewide average is $3.47 and the national average is $3.58.

The least expensive gasoline is in Albuquerque, where prices are now $3.37.

Car show

The National Collector Car Appreciation Day show is 7 p.m. today at Portales’ Downtown Square.

The event features collector cars on display and food vendors.

Admission is free. Information: Sandy Van Der Veen at 356-8541.

Quirky quote of the day

“Parents are the last people on earth who ought to have children.” — Samuel Butler

Today in history

Bill Withers stepped into a recording studio for the very first time at the age of 32, and twoyears later, he’d written and recorded one of the most beloved pop songs of the modern era: “Lean On Me,” which began its first stay at No. 1 on the pop charts on this day in 1972.

Here’s the rest of the story:

http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/quotlean-on-mequot-begins-its-first-stay-at-1

Weather

Today — Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 99. West wind 5 to 15 mph becoming south.

Tonight — Partly cloudy, with a low around 68. South wind around 10 mph.

Weekend — Sunny with highs in the high 90s Saturday and Sunday. A 10 percent chance of rain Sunday evening.