Forecast: Sunny this afternoon

Eastern New Mexico residents can expect to see decreasing cloud coverage and mostly sunny weather this afternoon. Daytime temperatures will range from 32 to 34 degrees with winds between 10 to 20 mph, according to the National Weather Service in Albuquerque. Temperatures tonight will drop to the mid- to low-20s. Clovis Police Chief Steve Sanders [...]

No. 8 St. Cloud beats Hounds

Freedom New Mexico EDMOND, Okla. — St. Cloud State (Minn.), ranked eighth in NCAA Division II but idle for two weeks due to weather conditions, scored four first-inning runs and handed Eastern New Mexico University’s baseball team a 6-3 loss Sunday in a game played at the University of Central Oklahoma. The game — and [...]

Funnel cloud spotted near Tucumcari

By Chelle Delaney, Freedom New Mexico A funnel cloud was spotted over Tucumcari about 2 p.m. Wednesday as dark storm clouds moved across the region. The funnel cloud was traveling west between the Frontage Road and Quay Road 62. It touched down briefly in fields, acting like a dust devil, on the easterly side of [...]

Intense storm hits near Arch

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PNT Staff Report A strong thunderstorm and wind damage left one Portales family believing they had a close encounter with a twister Wednesday evening. The National Weather Service staff in Albuquerque said they tracked what was a pretty impressive storm near Arch around 7 p.m. Wednesday, but they never got any firm indication of a [...]

Bad writers provide source of entertainment

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Like many aspiring writers, I turn to the works of some of the most brilliant writers of our time for inspiration. I also turn to some of the worst writers of our time for inspiration — or at least for consolation, knowing that my writing couldn’t be any worse. Every [...]

Storm spotters alert area

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Storm spotters performed well on Friday night, according to local emergency preparedness personnel. Though the storm moved quickly through Roosevelt and Curry counties, a warning time of 15 to 20 minutes was available to the communities in its path. Roosevelt County Emergency Preparedness Coordinator Keith Wattenbarger said spotters include [...]

Baptist conference slated

By Tonya Fennell: Freedom Newspapers First Baptist Church pastor Joel Horne views the 95th Annual Baptist Convention of New Mexico being held in Clovis as an opportunity for him to renew and refresh his beliefs. Horne said the convention, which is rotated to cities around the state, also affords him the opportunity to visit with [...]

Weather expert expected injuries

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By Mike Linn: Freedom Newspapers A meteorologist said he’s surprised lightning did not cause more injuries on Tuesday night, as the National Weather Service recorded 6,000 lightning strikes in one hour within a 60-mile radius south of Portales. New Mexico State Police Officers Lance Bateman and Clint Varnell were injured by lightning near New Mexico [...]

Weather reporters are never wrong, really

Jim Lee I am often kidded about guessing wrong when I do the weather on the radio. Well, I am hereby informing the world my forecasts are never wrong. Unlike mere mortals, weather reporter guys are never wrong. True, we are not always right, but we are never wrong. What’s the difference? Sorry, I can’t [...]

Cloud seeding director undaunted by critics

By Haley Rice Duncan Axisa believes he can make it rain. Axisa said this power is available to him through cloud seeding, the process of dropping silver iodide crystals into the supercooled upper parts of clouds. The crystals act as a gathering point, attracting and freezing the microscopically small droplets of water that make up [...]