Light rain brushes area; misses Clovis

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNj staff writer Most Clovis streets remained dry Wednesday night, but some areas north of Clovis may received up to 0.15 inches as a storm front passed through about 8 p.m. Another front will pass through this afternoon and is expected to carry rain, according to National Weather Service officials. “The […]

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 […]

Lady Cats survive rain to beat Hobbs

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Clovis High junior shortstop Laura Wood attempts to complete a double play during the first game of Friday’s doubleheader at Lady Wildcat Complex after forcing Hobbs’ Lorena Castillo at second base. Photo by Eric Kluth CNJ STAFF It took nearly three hours, but the Clovis High softball team survived three rain delays in the first […]

Moisture makes for gain on grain

By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer Heavy rains early this month have set wheat farmers up for a strong harvest this summer, though more rain would secure the possibility, a local agriculture agent said on Sunday. Curry County ag agent Stan Jones said many area farmers were preparing to cut their losses early this year. […]

Recent rainfall favors farms and ranches

By Glen Seeber: CNJ staff writer For months, when Clovis area farmers and ranchers smiled, it may have looked more like a grimace. But that has all changed in recent weeks. Over the past week, Clovis has received more than 2 inches of rainfall, prompting big grins and the forecast of big bucks for those […]

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 […]

Weekend rain soaks city, more expected

By Ben Kessler The recent dousing of Clovis may well have been a blessing for local gardeners, said Lowe’s hardware store employee Elmo Garcia. The zone manager for the store said the inclement weather is beneficial to plants and flowers. “I wish it (the rain) would go on all summer,” he said adding that gardeners […]

March becomes a month of wetness

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Rain drops form on a windshield as a car prepares to turn left on Prince Street from Seventh Street in the rain Friday. (Eric Kluth/Clovis News Journal) By Darrell Todd Maurina Clovis is on track to have record rainfall reports for the first quarter of the year, according to National Weather Service officials in Albuquerque. […]

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 […]

Parched Clovis gets moisture

CNJ STAFF Some Clovis-area weather observers reported as much as 0.9 of an inch of rain by early Monday evening as a weather front approached, but most reported about a tenth of an inch or less. National Weather Service forecasters predicted the rain would turn to snow later in the evening, possibly generating up to […]

Rain at last

By Darrell Todd Maurina Clovis received its first snowfall of the season early Saturday, with some area observers reporting up to an inch of snow on the grass. The National Weather Service reported peak wind gusts of up to 40 mph in Clovis and an official rain total of 0.19 of an inch. Officials of […]

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. […]

Brrrrrrr c-c-cold and wet

CNJ STAFF Cool temperatures and rain showers covered the region on Thursday, but area law-enforcement agencies reported no serious weather-related issues. By 9:30 p.m., National Weather Service officials said temperatures had already dropped below freezing at Clines Corners, located northwest of Fort Sumner. By that time the rain had generally ended in De Baca, Curry, […]

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 […]