By Emily Crowe
CNJ STAFF WRITER
After nearly a month of hot, dry weather, Curry County has gotten a taste of monsoon season.
A storm system brought heavy rain showers and flash flood warnings to the area Wednesday.
Twila Gorley, who lives three miles east of Melrose, experienced standing water in her front yard and flooded roads near her home.
Gorley said her rain gauge showed exactly 3 inches of rain between 9 p.m. Tuesday and noon Wednesday.
Clovis received more than an inch of rain as of 8 p.m. Wednesday, according to KVII TV’s school net, while House and Elida each received well over 2 inches.
Curry County Road Superintendent Steve Reed said he had heard of significant rain in Melrose and north of Ranchvale, but his department had not been called out for flooding.
According to Curry County extension agent Luther Dunlap, the rain is causing a slight issue for farmers looking to chop corn down when it is at its peak for silage.
“That’s probably the biggest issue,” he said. “They’ve started chopping some corn for silage and they might have to wait to get in the fields.”
Dunlap does believe that the rain is beneficial for local farmers.
“With the drought we’ve been in, sometimes it’s kind of a blessing to get some rain,” he said.
National Weather Service forecasts call for a chance of showers and thunderstorms through early next week.
Roosevelt County farmer Greg Burris said he received nearly 2 inches of rain on his farm near Elida on Wednesday and has received 5 to 8 inches of rain in the summer months at his farms, which are scattered across Roosevelt County.
“It will tremendously help it,” said Burris, who grows milo, wheat and hay. . “We were getting on the verge of losing the top moisture. This will help make ends meet.”
“We have a lot of tropical moisture flowing into the region,” Accuweather.com Senior Meteorologist Mike Pigott said. “There’s pressure from the Gulf of Mexico and the winds bring it into New Mexico. There’s very warm and humid air flowing into the region.”