Clovis well ahead of pace to surpass average rainfall

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Jacob Sivers, 16, of Ignacio, Colo., is reflected in a puddle as he leaves the Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena after a practice round Saturday for the Curry County Fair Arenacross event. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) CNJ staff reports Clovis is on pace for its wettest year in more than a decade after an early-morning […]

Heavy rains blanket Clovis, state

Staff and Wire Reports Clovis saw its wettest spell of the summer early Saturday morning, with more than 2 inches of rain and a flash-flood warning that hovered for nearly four hours. Officially, the city received 2.4 inches of rain — the most of any community in the state, officials at the National Weather Service […]

Heavy rains, wind pound area

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By Mike Linn: CNJ News Editor An army of rain marched through eastern New Mexico and West Texas on Tuesday night, bringing big grins to those who work in agriculture and big frowns from motorists traveling through some of the more waterlogged areas. Portions of three major highways — State Highways 206 and 88 and […]

Roosevelt county pounded by heavy rain

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 […]

Outlying communities hit hardest by cluster of thunderstorms

By Mike Linn: CNJ NEWS EDITOR A cluster of thunderstorms swept through Curry and Roosevelt counties Wednesday, dumping more rain in a few hours than had fallen in at least a month in some places. Clovis received about a half an inch of rain and Portales received about .40 of an inch, according to unofficial […]

Heavy rain hits Clovis

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ staff writer Heavy rainfall hit the area Monday evening, dumping as much as 1.5 inches of rain in areas in Clovis, according to unofficial reports. Muleshoe also received a good dousing of rain, but most surrounding communities received little if any precipitation. “It’s coming down in sheets and sheets,” said […]

Hail hits Cannon

CNJ staff report The National Weather Service reported hail in Clovis and the surrounding areas early Sunday evening. Cannon Air Force Base received the brunt of the wet weather reporting 1 3/4 inches of golf-ball size hail and 0.30 inches of rain. Five miles north of Clovis received an inch of hail and had wind […]

April rainfall one for record books

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ staff writer Friday’s rainfall put 2004 into the record book as having one of the wettest Aprils in Clovis history. In fact, rainfall totals so far this year show Clovis previously has seen more moisture in the first four months only one year since records have been kept. “It looks […]

April showers could beat record

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Clovis City Worker Juan Bolaños drains water from field four of the Guy Leeder Softball Complex Tuesday during a light rain shower. League play is scheduled to begin Wednesday. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Ryan Lengerich The seemingly unending April rain has turned lawns green, soaked streets and brought smiles to people in an […]

Farmers thrilled by rain

By Darrell Todd Maurina Local farmers say they’re overjoyed with some of the best rainfall totals they’ve seen in years. For one outlying community, it’s not just “a good year” — it’s a record. “This was the wettest February on record for Friona since 1931,” said Bill Ellis, a cotton and grain sorghum farmer. “The […]

Weather slows Clovis

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Annie Hauser, 70, shovels snow on the sidewalk in front of her home Thursday in Clovis. Hauser said she shovels the sidewalk because she is afraid kids might slip and fall on the ice and snow. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. FREEDOM NEWSPAPERS STAFF REPORT Eastern New Mexico’s first major snowstorm of the season closed […]

2003 was most arid year in two decades

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The drainage area on East Seventh Street in Clovis is bone dry as the sign reads no swimming, wading or boating. Clovis received less than 13 inches of rain this year, making it the driest year since 1980. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth By Michelle Seeber Sticky, hot and nasty. Those were the words U.S. […]

Cold weather in Clovis is snow joke

By Darrell Todd Maurina If preliminary reports turn out to be accurate, the Thanksgiving morning snowfall in Clovis tied the record high snowfall for the date. National Weather Service volunteer observer Nancy McPherson said Clovis received about one inch of snow between 6 and 9 a.m., with about 0.02 inch liquid equivalent precipitation. “I was […]

Business digest 11/11

Mall outfitter gives gifts for a cause Maurices in North Plains Mall is selling a holiday ornament and donating the proceeds to charity. Tina Kruse, Maurices Clovis store manager, said the store will donate its proceeds to the Lighthouse Mission. Maurices 420 stores across the nation choose community organizations to which it donates the ornament’s […]

Fun facts give filler writers due credit

Bob Huber Back in the good old days of my misspent youth (When I became well known for asking President Lincoln’s wife, “Other than that, Ma’am, how was the opera?”) newspapers printed what were called “fillers.” Those were tiny one-liners that came in handy for linotype operators when they had to fill empty spaces. Most […]

Area drenched by downpour

By Darrell Todd Maurina Despite a small stream flood warning from the National Weather Service, officials in Quay, De Baca and Curry counties said Wednesday’s rain didn’t do any damage. In fact, Fort Sumner’s 1.06 inches of rain was good for De Baca county, according to county emergency management coordinator Allen Sparks. “The Alamogordo Creek […]

Inch of rain falls on Clovis

Staff and wire reports Clovis received its highest rainfall total since Aug. 30 on Saturday night. Early reports from the National Weather Service in Albuquerque showed Clovis receiving up to 1.2 inches by 8:30 p.m. On Aug. 30, Clovis received 1.21 inches. Towns farther west were hit even harder, according to meterologist Kerry Jones. “We […]

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 […]

Summer rainstorm soaks Clovis

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A soccer ball sits in a puddle on the Yucca football field as the St. Michael’s girls soccer team practices before its championship match Saturday against Moriarty. Photo by Eric Kluth. By Gary Mitchell Friday night’s thunderstorms prevented Ranchvale farmer Dudley Bailey from harvesting his 150 acres of watermelons on Saturday, but he looked at […]

City’s dry spell broken

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Danny Acosta, 10, rollerblades as he enjoys the rain Sunday outside his home in the 600 block of Gidding Street in Clovis. This was the first measurable rainfall Clovis has received in more than a month. Photo by Eric Kluth. Freedom Newspapers Clovis officially ended an historic dry spell on Sunday, recording its first measurable […]