The recent rain patterns have some Roosevelt and Curry County farmers praising Mother Nature and has left others envious.
The hit and miss storms, experienced by some Wednesday and Thursday, have produced varying amounts, from .18 near Cannon Air Force Base over the last two days, to nearly a half-inch in Portales and an inch in Elida on Thursday night, according to weather data from News Channel 7 in Amarillo.
“I didn’t get any of the rain,” said Roosevelt County farmer Don Wiley.
Although he said he didn’t see any rain within the last two days, Wiley said there are times when the same rain patterns have benefited the 30 different crops he grows.
“There’s a 40 percent chance of rain tonight and I hope I see it,” Wiley said Friday.
Eastern New Mexico is not alone in experiencing these spotty storms. According to Todd Shoemake, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Albuquerque, most of the state’s regions have experienced these hit and miss storms.
“That trend really continues for the remainder of the state,” Shoemake said. “The western third of state has fared the best over the last two months, but the central and eastern parts of the state has been very spotty.”
According to Shoemake, July and August are when Curry and Roosevelt counties typically see the most rain.
On average, Clovis usually sees about 3 inches of rain in July, according to Shoemake. Last month, Clovis only received 1.17 inches of rain.
“The handful of rainstorms can produce heavy rainfall,” Shoemake said.
He added that when areas miss the rain for a few days or so, that can bring rainfall totals below average.
Roosevelt County farmer Carlos Paiz is grateful that he got to experience the rain this past week.
“Any rain that we get is real helpful for the simple reason that it’s so dry,” Paiz said. “(Thursday) was a blessing in rain. I saw about an inch.”
Paiz said he uses an irrigation system to water his wheat and other vegetables but the rain helps lock the moisture in. He
Meteorologist Steve Travis with Accuweather said the next couple of days, showers and thunderstorms will be a possibility in Curry County. Temperature highs should be in the mid-80s with a slight breeze and winds up to 15 mph.
Curry County farmer Kenneth Davis said he hopes to see some of that rain because he hasn’t see any in the past week.
“It’s been missing me,” Davis said. He grows grain sorghum and wheat near Ranchvale.