My turn: No such thing as normal when it comes to weather

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Early Saturday afternoon, the National Weather Service warned eastern New Mexico to prepare for heavy, blowing snow and hazardous driving conditions on Monday morning. Instead, we received no significant moisture. The sun was out. Roads were clear. Just another example of how unpredictable the weather can be around these parts. Business promoters boast our average […]

Year in review: Wild weather reaches extremes

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Wildfires mark year A dry, windy spring created conditions for one of the more massive wildfires to hit eastern New Mexico in decades. Sparks from a wheel following a tire blowout near Melrose spurred the April 17 fire that burned about 71,000 acres, destroyed three homes, killed dozens of livestock and sent three firefighters to […]

Shave a few seconds off your morning routine with Schick Intuition razor

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Moms need to save every second they can get, so we recommend you try the new Schick Intuition Renewing Moisture in pomegranate. The four-blade razor is set in the middle of a solid conditioning bar that replaces the need for shaving cream. It cushions the blade and adds moisture to your skin. It takes a […]

Letter to the editor: Area in need of prayer

Given the serious impact of the drought on area residents in eastern New Mexico and West Texas (i.e., fire danger, water supply, farmers, ranchers, wildlife and nature, etc.), let us unite our faith in our communities in praying Sunday for moisture. Invite your family, friends, co-workers, pastors and neighbors to join in uniting our faith […]

Dry weather plagues counties

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Alisa Boswell One word defines Curry and Roosevelt counties these last six month: Dry. Bone dry, say officials who keep track. The National Weather Service said New Mexico average precipitation for March was ranked as the third driest since 1895, when they started keeping count. The weather service reports from October through March, Clovis received […]

Heavy rainfall expected for weekend

Clarence Plank Roosevelt and Curry counties, along with much of eastern New Mexico, could get drenched during the Fourth of July holiday, courtesy of a hurricane hundreds of miles to the south. Local emergency management leaders are also warning of possible flash flooding. Two to 4 inches of rain are being forecasted and experts say […]

Cooler temperatures hinder planting

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer The cool spring has slowed planting, but the moisture means an optimistic outlook for the harvest, Roosevelt County farmers have said. “The cold temperatures affected it (planting) terribly,” said Kevin Breshears, who farms and has a custom harvesting business. Joanna Baker, whose family grows organic peanuts in the Floyd […]

Topsoil safe from wind

By Karl Terry: Freedom columnist Along with the moisture we’ve enjoyed over the late winter and early spring it seems like we’ve been blessed with fewer windy days than normal. After this past week a newcomer to the area might shake their head and think I’m crazy for saying we’ve had fewer windy days. No […]

Jan. 19, 1966

According to the Portales News-Tribune, a two and a half inch snow which fell within two hours last night has brought Roosevelt County and Eastern New Mexico its first moisture of the new year. The snow came after a weekend of cold weather during which a low of 12 degrees was recorded Monday.

May 6, 1963

The wife of Dora farmer Kenneth Victor told the Portales-News Tribune that the recent hailstorm that covered the ground with golf ball-sized hailstones had destroyed 75 percent of her husband’s crop. The storm dropped more than an inch of moisture throughout Roosevelt County.

County doused but still lagging in annual moisture

By Karl Terry, PNT Managing Editor The parched landscape across Roosevelt County received some relief in the form of rain over the last week. The National Weather Service in Albuquerque reported 1.32 inches of rain Sunday. Residents saw brief showers through the day but most of the moisture came with a storm that sliced through […]

Snow brings needed moisture, not enough

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By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer This Sunday is the time to �spring forward,� but a light snow shower on Thursday seemed to be a �spring back� to winter, bringing with it a small amount of much needed moisture. Roosevelt County residents woke to snowfall which was enough to cover the grass, but not quite […]

Mercury not rising

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer A prolonged cold spell pushed the average temperature in January in eastern New Mexico well below normal. According to AccuWeather.com, the average daily temperature last month was six to eight degrees below the historical average. After a balmy start — with four of the first 12 days in the […]

Moisture coming at right time for parched crops

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By Michael Harrell: PNT Staff Writer The flash increase of rain in recent weeks has farmers in the region pleased, but it still isn’t enough to compensate for the drought plaguing the normally arid climate, according to agriculture officials. “It has been an extremely difficult year,” said Jimmy Shearer, the manager of Sunland Peanuts Inc. […]

Rain has little impact

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers A series of thunderstorms that dumped almost an inch of much-needed rain across the area isn’t enough to alleviate the hazardous fire conditions in eastern New Mexico, according to fire officials. Case in point — firefighters were called out to extinguish a burning boxcar mid-morning Friday on U.S. 70 near […]

Nov. 17 Dora News

By Charlie Carmichael There is mud all over our area and there are many muddy bus routes and roads for people to get out on for church and to their work places. Some seniors on Sunday did not venture out for fear of being stranded, as there was some fog. Later, a drizzle took place […]