My turn: No such thing as normal when it comes to weather

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Early Saturday afternoon, the National Weather Service warned eastern New Mexico to prepare for heavy, blowing snow and hazardous driving conditions on Monday morning. Instead, we received no significant moisture. The sun was out. Roads were clear. Just another example of how unpredictable the weather can be around these parts. Business promoters boast our average […]

Energy conservation: Preparing for cooler weather

By Caroline Ward: 27th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron As we approach the winter months, we should begin preparing our homes and offices for colder temperatures. Un-insulated pipes and improperly maintained heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems caused Cannon Air Force Base more than $400,000 in damages during the last freeze in February 2011. In […]

NWS: Hot days to continue

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Portales has returned to high temperatures and no rain in the last week with temperatures ranging from 96 to 103 degrees. According to National Weather Service forecasters, the usual temperature for the area this time of year is about 90 degrees, placing Portales several degrees above normal each day since July 20. “We’ve seen an […]

February can bring coldest weather

By Jim Robinson: Meteorological Technician, 27th Special Operations Support Squadron February precipitation events can be rain or snow (and sometimes both at the same time), and are generally created by broad synoptic storm systems. The average February is characterized by about three or four strong cold fronts during the month. The strongest cold fronts often […]

Portales past: June 28, 1960

June 28, 1960: A hot June continued in Portales with a high temperature of 101 — the sixth day of triple-digit heat during the month. The year’s high temperature was 104, reached on June 20.

Note jotting becomes body art

By Karl Terry: Freedom New Mexico The other morning I had the shower temperature just right and was about to get in when I glanced at the palm of my hand. Nope can’t get in yet — important notes on that left palm. Naked, I ran out to my night stand to find a pen […]

Temperatures soar past 100

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Reporter Portales experienced its first two triple-digit temperature days in 2007 on Sunday and Monday. The temperature climbed to a near-record 103 degrees on Monday after peaking at 100 on Sunday, according to AccuWeather.com The record high for Aug. 20 is 105 set in 1930, according to AccuWeather.com data that […]

Wet weather gives way to heat

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer A cooler, wetter than normal late spring may give way to a warmer more humid summer in the city of Portales. According to AccuWeather, Portales’ average temperature in the month of May from 1914 through 2005 is 83 degrees. But this May, the temperature only reached or exceeded that […]

Holiday Food Safety

Food and fun are packed into holiday celebrations for many people this time of year. How many times after a holiday gathering have you felt a little “out-of-sorts” and blamed it on eating too much? While overindulging can cause an upset stomach, so can eating food that was improperly handled. Keep the fun in your […]

‘Unsettled weather’ should continue throughout week

PNT Staff Monday’s conditions in Portales were cold and overcast, and weather forecasters predict a week of rain. Monday saw Portales receive just two-hundredths of an inch of rain, but a 40-degree day and overcast weather helped create the “illusion” of more precipitation according to James Kratzer, a meterologist at Cannon Air Force Base’s weather […]