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 […]

Wild weather’s wonders spark pursuit

David Arkin Severe weather involving tornados and lightning can lift fish out of lakes, snap utility poles like soggy toothpicks and force cows to scatter like bowling pins in all different directions. So it’s no wonder storm chaser Jerome Provencio says he might be a little bit crazy. And you can’t really blame him for […]

Civilian pilot makes emergency landing at Cannon

By Darrell Todd Maurina A civilian pilot suvived because Cannon Air Force Base took emergency steps to guide his damaged plane to Cannon’s runways during severe weather on March 12, according to Col. Robert Yates, 27th Fighter Wing commander. “When you have a fellow pilot in trouble you just pull out all the stops to […]

Forecaster says smoke in wind foretells weather

By Jack King Local long-time practitioner repeats ceremony taught by Plains Indians. In a more than 80-year-old spring ritual, Weldon Crim built a bonfire at his Parmer County family farm Monday to predict the weather in the coming year. Crim, 67, of Clovis, said setting the fire is a weather-forecasting method his grandfather learned from […]

Weather no problem at ag expo

FREEDOM NEWSPAPERS PORTALES — Vendors promoting a bevy of products to help endorse, maximize and reinvent the business of agriculture closed their booths and headed home on Wednesday as the New Mexico Ag Expo came to an end. Organizers say the event that started on Tuesday with a light, wind-driven snow and ended on a […]

Police: Don’t hurry in the flurry

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Clovis High School juniors Carlene Tucker, 16, left, and Jennifer Ulibarri, 17, throw snow at each other while clearing off their ride Tuesday in the high school parking lot. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Darrell Todd Maurina and Ryan Lengerich Heavy snows Monday night and Tuesday shut down expressways and county roads, closed colleges […]

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 […]

Area education halted by snow

By Darrell Todd Maurina Clovis school students received a day off Thursday, thanks to Mother Nature, but they’ll have to wait until this morning to learn if the weather vacation will continue. Lonnie Leslie, assistant superintendent for operations of the Clovis Municipal Schools, said the decision to close schools rests with Superintendent Neil Nuttall. Officials […]

School officials brace for snow

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Bottles of Driveway Heat ice melter line the shelf at the entrance of Triangle Ace Home Center as employee Sasha Guhrke, 16, works the register Wednesday at the store. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Darrell Todd Maurina When local school officials heard Wednesday afternoon that their students could face 3 inches of snow by […]

Snowstorm’s tail end drifts through area

Michelle Seeber While the Midwest and East Coast were bombarded with deadly winter weather the past two days, Clovis and Portales residents awoke Monday to a much weaker brand of snowfall. Lt. Patrick Whitney of the Clovis Police Department said the snowy weather, which brought little precipitation, didn’t adversely affect motorists. “There were four accidents […]

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 […]

Almanac’s weather appears to beat the professionals

By Tom DiFrancesca III Seems like a pretty strange winter we are having. One day it’s cold, the next day we are out washing our vehicles in short sleeves. I seem to recall that during the fall — the National Weather Service had predicted that this part of the country was in store for a […]

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. […]

Clovis weathers the storm

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By Darrell Todd Maurina Monday’s high winds blew down more than 20 power poles and knocked out power to about 500 customers of Farmers’ Electric Cooperative, including the Clovis wastewater treatment plant. Although the treatment plant lost its power source from 10 a.m. until shortly before 5 p.m., Lance Adkins, general manager of the electric […]

Clovis’ cold spell brings sleet shower

By Darrell Todd Maurina As sleet bore down on Clovis late Monday evening, Curry County Emergency Management Director Ken De Los Santos said he wants people to be prepared and ready for winter weather conditions. De Los Santos said that while eastern New Mexico and West Texas don’t get that much snow, conditions that might […]

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 […]

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, […]

Hot, dry weather hard on farmers

By Mike Linn A stretch of hot and dry weather during the summer had a negative impact on the harvest of produce on area farms. And too often when moisture did arrive, it came in the form of hail, which in large sizes can wipe out acres of crop land in less than an hour, […]

Air Force project aids education

By Darrell Todd Maurina Much of what the Air Force does involves preparing for battle in the skies over hostile nations, raining lethal strikes down upon the enemies of the United States. But some Air Force activities are just plain fun. That’s what Gerald Mora of the research laboratory at Phillips Research Site, part of […]

High tech comes to Wild West

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Roger Hendershot, left, and Richard Lueb, right, both with the National Center of Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo., work on a Cryogenic Whole Air machine launched from Fort Sumner. CNJ photo by Eric Kluth By Darrell Todd Maurina FORT SUMNER — The city is best known for Billy the Kid’s grave and historical memorabilia of […]