Posts Tagged ‘Weather’

Jemez Mountain Thunderhead

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

April Thunderstorm Over the Jemez

Photos such as this are normally reserved for July and August. A combination of Gulf moisture and New Mexico mountains will form afternoon thunderstorms almost every afternoon during the summer months of July and August. To see this activity during the month of April is pretty unusual. While this storm dropped very little rain on the Jemez, I am hoping that this is a good sign. Weather forecasters are saying that the ‘La Nina’ pattern is loosening its grip and is being replaced with ‘El Nino’ which historically means more moisture for the Southwest. Our snow totals for this past winter were not bad, as I calculated about 80% of normal snowfall here in La Cueva. Perhaps, with a return to El Nino conditions, we can get back to average or better moisture in New Mexico and the Jemez Mountains. The seven day forecast is showing an increasing chance of rain towards the end of this week. Maybe we’ll get a drop or two.

Dreaming of a White Christmas?

Saturday, December 3rd, 2011

December 3rd Dusting

The much ballyhooed snowstorm for this weekend was a little more than a whimper….at least here in the Jemez. At the store we received three or four inches overnight and this morning. More is on the way Sunday and Monday according to the National Weather Service forecast.  If you are coming to the Jemez to play in the snow or to find that perfect Christmas Tree, here are some things to keep in mind. Dress yourself and your loved ones to stay warm and dry. Carry an emergency kit in your vehical. Bring extra food and water or better yet stock up at Amanda’s before heading off highway. All forest roads are still open but are snowpacked, muddy or icy…or all of the above. Hwys 4 and 126 are always plowed, sanded and maintained but caution is advised at all times. Reduce your speed. If you are dreaming of a white Christmas…. (more…)

Perfect – Rain in the Jemez Mountains

Friday, July 29th, 2011

Just in time for the forest reopening tomorrow (Sat July 30th) we are receiving more beneficial rain. Slow, steady and widespread rain has been falling for at least two hours. The best part is that the west side of the Jemez is getting soaked today, which has not really been the case so far during this monsoon season.

It is still raining and I have measured nearly .70 inches so far. These are not heavy cloudbursts that can cause damaging flooding in the burn areas, but wetting, soaking, steady rains.

Oh…..and BTW temperature at the store right now….56 degrees.