NWS releases rainfall totals

According to the National Weather Service office in Albuquerque, the Portales and Clovis area received the following rainfall from Sunday through Friday: • 1.12 inches in Portales • 2.74 inches 3 miles west of Portales • 0.52 inches 10 1/2 miles west of Portales • 0.82 inches 8 miles east of Portales • 1.13 inches […]

Brief rainfall grazes region

Argen Duncan The Portales and Clovis area received spotty rain Tuesday night. The National Weather Service has reports of two-tenths of an inch of rain 6 miles southeast of Portales and one-tenth of an inch 3 miles north-northwest of Texico, NWS Hydronet technician Maxine Pacheco said. No other sites in Roosevelt, Curry or Quay counties […]

At least one ‘small’ tornado spotted in Curry County

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Freedom New Mexico Roosevelt County had two tornado warnings during Tuesday’s storms, but no twisters or major damage was reported. “Nothing really developed out of either warning … I think we’re OK right now,” said local Emergency Management Director Keith Wattenbarger. During the afternoon, Milnesand had lightning and a grassfire of less than an acre […]

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 […]

Funnel cloud spotted near Tucumcari

By Chelle Delaney, Freedom New Mexico A funnel cloud was spotted over Tucumcari about 2 p.m. Wednesday as dark storm clouds moved across the region. The funnel cloud was traveling west between the Frontage Road and Quay Road 62. It touched down briefly in fields, acting like a dust devil, on the easterly side of […]

Local weather spotters keep eye on sky

By Karl Terry, PNT Managing Editor National Weather Service officials in Portales Wednesday say eastern New Mexico residents have proven themselves over the years as good skywatchers. Kenneth Drozd, senior meteorologist with the NWS, along with fellow meteorologist Tim Shy, were in town conducting the second SkyWarn class of the year in Portales. The NWS […]

Flash flood watch issued

PNT Staff Report The National Weather Service in Albuquerque has issued a flood watch for Wednesday afternoon in north and central New Mexico. The projected area that might experience flash flooding through the evening hours includes Curry, Roosevelt, Quay and De Baca Counties, according to information from NWS. Scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms are expected […]

Red flag warning issued for area

Freedom New Mexico Staff The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning for southeastern New Mexico, including Curry and Roosevelt counties, from noon to 8 p.m. Thursday and noon to 8 p.m. Friday. Strong winds and low humidity are expected, leading to high fire danger, according to the NWS. The NWS also has […]

Weather service issues high wind warning

Freedom New Mexico Staff The National Weather Service in Albuquerque has issued a red flag warning for high winds, effective until 5 p.m. today. Northwest winds increasing to 40 mph with gusts to 60 mph will continue throughout the day, according to the NWS. Strongest winds are expected near the Texas-New Mexico border and over […]

Meteorologist predicts heat wave

By Leslie Radford: Freedom Newspapers Mark Friesen has maintained residential lawns in the area for eight years and is thankful this summer has been more forgiving than usual. With out-of-the-ordinary rainfall, temperatures have been lower, he said. Friesen spends around eight hours most days of the week with his lawn service. To stay cool, he […]

Heavy rains pound Portales area

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 […]