Dry weather predicted

By Eric Norwood Jr.
CMI staff writer
enorwood@pntonline.com

Farmers hoping for moisture as we near the end of winter may be out of luck.

Forecasts call for drought conditions continuing at least for the foreseeable future across eastern New Mexico. According to AccuWeather meteorologist Jack Boston, the best opportunity for any moisture in the next six weeks may come this weekend.

Forecaster were predicting a slight chance of snow Saturday.

“The only opportunity to see anything that will help be in the beginning of the month. Besides a slight hope, there is nothing that will really help dry conditions,” said Boston.

The average temperature for the beginning of February is a high of 53 degrees and a low of 26, and for the end of February the average usually hits around 59 degrees as a high and a low of 31, according to Boston.

The last day of January saw area temperatures around 70 degrees. Boston said it may be a barometer of what to expect in the near future — warmer than usual temperature.

“We expect the temperatures to stay about one to one and a half degrees above the historical average for February,” said Boston.

As for March, historical averages are a high of 59 degrees and a low of 31 degrees in the beginning of the month, while averages for the end of the month are 67 degrees and 37 degrees, according to Boston. This year will see historically higher temperatures in the month of March, Boston said.

“Clovis will likely see several days above 70 degrees, and a couple in the low 80’s. As far as moisture, March will be a light month,” said Boston.

According to the 2014 Farmer’s Almanac, precipitation and snowfall will be below normal for the High Plains through May.

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