Tornado reports cause for concern

Tornadoes and reports of them make us nervous. That’s because residents in eastern New Mexico and the Texas Panhandle have either experienced the storms’ violence or at least seen the debris remnants that immediately show us their horrific power. AccuWeather.com is warning Americans that today could be ripe for large tornado outbreaks across multiple states [...]

Fears must be faced

By Anita Doberman: Columnist Rome has a nice and mild climate: we usually have four seasons and no extreme weather phenomenons. Growing up, the most I worried about when it came to weather was to make sure that I avoided riding my scooter when it was raining hard. I never experienced a tornado until I [...]

Last tornado not nearly as damaging

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By David Stevens: FNNM Editor The March 23 tornado that ripped through southeast Clovis wasn’t the city’s first, but it was by far the most damaging in about 75 years of record keeping. Officials said one person was killed, 35 people were injured, about 100 homes and businesses were destroyed and close to 500 structures [...]

Tornado weakened before hitting Clovis

Freedom Newspapers The March 23 tornado weakened before hitting Clovis, according to a National Weather Service tornado expert. Keith Hayes, warning coordination meteorologist with Albuquerque’s NWS, said the tornado was at its strongest about the time it hit Grande Vida Dairy on the Cacahuate Road nine miles east of Portales and as it was churning [...]

Tornadoes carry blessings after a few tragic minutes

Editorial The shock, euphoria and amazement at surviving Friday’s eastern New Mexico tornadoes are slowly changing for residents of Roosevelt, Curry and Quay counties, including the communities of Logan and Clovis. Five days later, our thoughts and energies are focused on cleaning up, rebuilding and moving forward with our lives even as we mourn the [...]

Storm spotter training offered to amateur weather buffs

By Andy Jackson Steve Summers has been a storm spotter for 12 years. Although he’s never seen one up close or heard the signature freight train sound, he is well aware of the damage they can do. The director of the Clovis Municipal Airport, Summers is one of 20 storm spotters in Curry County. “You [...]

Tornado season upon us

By Jack King May and June are peak tornado times for eastern New Mexico, which is on the far western edge of the nation’s “Tornado Alley.” And local officials take regular steps to prepare for potential storm damage, said Clovis/Curry County Emergency Management Director Ken De Los Santos — even though tornadoes are rare around [...]