Storm dumps 3 to 4 inches of rain on Melrose

Gary Mitchell

Roads were flooded around Melrose late Saturday night as a stalled thunderstorm dumped between 3 and 4 inches of moisture on farms and ranches in the area.
Grady Bright of Melrose recorded 2.97 inches in town.
“It was basically a 3-inch rain,” he said. “Most of it fell in about an hour. It put out a lot of water. Just north of Melrose, we got reports of 4 inches or more.”
There was some flooding in the community, Bright said.
“It was quite a rain,” he said. “We had just normal street flooding. The highway going to Tucumcari had water running across it.”
Some farmers in the area would be affected by the extra rain, said Bright, who operates a grain elevator in Melrose.
“They had some wheat sown that will have to be redone,” he said. “But the soil will be wet enough for them to go in and replant. Of course, they’ll have to wait for it to dry out.”
In Clovis, local weather observer Nancy McPherson reported collecting nearly a half-inch of rainfall — 0.48 of an inch — which brings the yearly total to 9.95 inches of precipitation so far this year.
“It’s better than what we were,” she said. “It was a nice rain Saturday night. It was a quiet rain.”
Other sites in the Clovis area picked up from 0.3 to 0.75 of an inch of rainfall, with Farwell garnering 0.4 of an inch and Muleshoe only 0.1 of an inch, according to unofficial reports.
The thunderstorms that doused the region originated from a combination of factors, said Perry Martin, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Albuquerque.
“It was a combination of afternoon daytime heating, high dewpoints and we had an upper-level disturbance moving across the area,” he said. “It’s part of the weather pattern during the summer. Saturday night’s storm was unusual in that it didn’t move (when it was over Melrose) until another line of thunderstorms pushed it on out, and they all collapsed together.”
Scattered thunderstorms were predicted for Sunday night across the area as well, Martin said.