Expect strange weather mix

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Weather officials are calling for a strange mix of weather Tuesday with a frosty morning, pockets of sunshine and snow. Expect a real mix of weather Tuesday. Most of eastern New Mexico awoke to frost, then sunshine and then snow. The National Weather Service says through late morning a cold […]

High winds expected Tuesday

The National Weather Service in Albuquerque has issued a high wind warning in effect from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday. West to southwest winds of 35 to 45 mph with gusts up to 60 or 65 mph are expected. The strongest winds are expected across Guadalupe, DeBaca and Chaves counties. Blowing dust is possible, […]

Some Floods Are Caused By “Leaky Faucets”

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Local columnist We all have times when the winds and waves of sorrow or pain or perplexity threaten to swamp us and send the vessels of our lives to the bottom. When those winds howl, we recognize the threat. It’s no fun to ride out a storm. [Marker] But I’m convinced […]

Winter storm causes minor problems

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo James Ahmmar struggles against the wind Friday as he takes his two dogs for a quick bathroom break on his street. By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico The winter storm that blew into eastern New Mexico on Friday caused minor problems in Roosevelt and Curry Counties, but left a number […]

Fire season sparks warning

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Fire and weather officials say a big grass fire in Melrose should raise a red flag for everyone across eastern New Mexico. Strong winds Tuesday carried flames from a burning trash pit over dry grass, igniting a grass fire that ate its way across about 300 acres of grassland […]

AJ Swope named executive director of Class 4 Winds

Former KVII News Anchor AJ Swope has joined Class 4 Winds, Inc. as the first executive director for the wind-energy advocacy group that was formed last year. Class 4 Winds is a non-profit organization housed on the campus of West Texas A&M University. The group is dedicated to providing educational opportunities and information to promote […]

Firefighters preparing for height of fire season

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Freedom New Mexico: Thomas Garcia A sign outside Portales indicates the level of fire danger each day. By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico Area fire departments are preparing for what they consider the height of fire season. High winds and low precipitation are contributing to the high fire danger in Roosevelt and Curry counties, officials […]

Big winds punctuate wedding

Compiled by CNJ Staff Jerry and James Priest lived in a cramped trailer home for nine months last year after their home was torn apart by the tornado. Parts of their 85-year-old home were strewn around their 75 acres south of Clovis. A new office for their auction business set up in a trailer was […]

High winds to continue

CNJ staff The National Weather Service in Albuquerque has issued a high wind warning for southern New Mexico until 8 p.m. Friday. Sustained winds of 30 to 50 mph are expected with possible gusts of 55 to 65 mph. Strong winds will create areas of reduced visibility with blowing dust and dangerous crosswinds, which can […]

Red flag warning issued for area

CNJ STAFF The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning for southeastern New Mexico, including Curry and Roosevelt counties, from noon to 8 p.m. Thursday and noon to 8 p.m. Friday. Strong winds and low humidity are expected, leading to high fire danger, according to the NWS. The NWS also has issued a […]

Feb. 26 – Wind blown

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Marietta Valdez of Clovis battles the wind while lowering the Flags in front of Cameo Elementary School Monday afternoon. Valdez said, “the wind made it a little more difficult then normal.” Winds were clocked as high as 50 mph on Monday.

ENMU Hosting Winds Symphony/Symphonic Band Concert

PORTALES — The Department of Music at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales is presenting a Winds Symphony/Symphonic Band Concert conducted by Dustin Seifert and Neil Rutland at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 2 in the Campus Union Ballroom.   Performances by the Symphonic Band will include River of Life by Stephen Reineke, Prospect by […]

Remember the tornadoes?

We’re beginning to compile content related to the one-year anniversary of the March 23 tornadoes that caused major damage in Curry, Roosevelt and Quay counties. We’d like to hear your stories and publish your photos from before, during and after the big winds. If you’d like to share memories of that scary night: Email us

Fire attributed to dry weather, high winds

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Courtesy illustration A grass fire swept across 20,000 acres in Bailey County on Monday. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ Staff Writer A dangerous combination of dense grass, high winds and dry weather produced the massive grass fire Monday in Bailey County that burned an area bigger than Clovis, according to Muleshoe City Manager David Brunson. And […]

Weather service issues high wind warning

CNJ Staff The National Weather Service in Albuquerque has issued a red flag warning for high winds, effective until 5 p.m. today. Northwest winds increasing to 40 mph with gusts to 60 mph will continue throughout the day, according to the NWS. Strongest winds are expected near the Texas-New Mexico border and over summits and […]

Wind advisory issued

Ken De Los Santos, emergency management director for Clovis and Curry County, passes along this wind advisory for Curry and Roosevelt counties: A WIND ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 9 AM THIS MORNING TO 11 PM MST THIS EVENING. EXPECT INCREASING SOUTHWEST WINDS TO 35 MPH WITH FREQUENT GUSTS TO 50 MPH. WINDS WILL BE […]

Severe storms possible for area

CNJ Staff Far eastern New Mexico along the Texas border from Clayton to Hobbs could be at risk this afternoon for a significant severe thunderstorm outbreak, according to the National Weather Service. The Storm Prediction Center posted a slight risk of severe thunderstorms today in the eastern New Mexico area, with a moderate risk for […]

Winds measured by Fujita scale

By Chelle Delaney: Freedom Newspapers Officials with the National Weather Service in Albuquerque are using an “Enhanced Fujita Scale,” or the EF, to categorize the strength of Friday’s tornadoes. The scale ranges from EF0 — winds 65 mph to 85 mph — to EF5, or winds in excess of 200 mph. Officials estimated Friday’s Clovis […]

Tumblelievable

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Christian Madden Jr., 2, of Clovis, looks out his window Tuesday to see tumbleweeds piled high blocking the front door of his house. Clovis experienced sustained winds of 38 mph with gusts over 50 mph. (Staff Photo: Andy DeLisle) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Trapped by an ocean of tumbleweeds, little Christian Madden Jr., […]

Winds whip city

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Wind gusts peaked at 75 mph in the afternoon, according to Carlos Arias, manager of Blue Sky Aviation at Clovis Municipal Airport, and averaged around 45 mph. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Southerly winds sandblasted the area Thursday, blanketing the sky with a coffee-with-cream hue and making driving difficult and […]