Local: June rains significant

By Christina Calloway

PNT senior writer

ccalloway@pntonline.com

Almost half of this year’s rain in the area has been recorded in the month of June, according to an Accuweather.com meteorologist.

According to accuweather.com, 3.22 inches of rain fell in June at Cannon Air Force, the official recording site for the Clovis-Portales area. The historical average for June is 2.54 inches. The year-to-date total is 6.88 inches.

“We’re currently at 94 percent of normal rainfall, right now (January through June), 7.3 inches is normal,” said Accuweather.com Meteorologist Ken Clark. “All of last year you saw a total of 5.4 inches of rain. That’s a tremendous difference.”

It’s rained even harder across the border, where 6.29 inches were recorded for June, according to the National Weather Service station in Muleshoe.

Mark Williams, who farms land near Muleshoe and southwest of Texico, said June’s rain has made a significant difference on his land.

“We’re finally able to get some ground into shape after two years of not being able to get anything to grow because of the dry weather,” said Williams who grows cotton, corn and sorghum.

Williams said he received about 3 inches of rain at his farm near Texico over the weekend.

“Some of that area has been so awful dry, it’s had very good rains this weekend,” Williams said. “The last couple of days have been wonderful.”

Danny Griffith of Floyd says his farm received 3 inches of rain in June, which he considers to be on the low end of what others got but still better than previous months.

“It’s better than nothing, that’s for sure,” Griffith said.

Clark says there is a chance of showers and thunderstorms every day of this week and more than half of Roosevelt and Curry county are expected to receive precipitation daily.

He added high temperatures for the week should stay in the upper 70s to low 80s.

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