Air Expo bogged down by weather

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Tony Parra The 2003 Air Expo Event never got off the ground Saturday because of high winds. National Weather Service officials said they had no official wind-speed recordings on Saturday, but local weather observers estimated sustained speeds at more than 40 mph. The winds caused the cancelation of all of the flour-bombing and spot landing […]

Precipitation ignores city, but showers countryside

Gary Mitchell Stormy weather played tag in and around the Portales area early Thursday morning, dumping more than an inch of rain in some places but teasing the city with only a trace. Jack Self, who works at the New Mexico Christian Children’s Home, said the children’s home “didn’t get much rain at all,” but […]

Precautions can save lives during lightning

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Darrell Todd Maurina Curry County’s emergency management director worries people don’t take the threat of lightning serious enough. According to Ken De Los Santos, lightning is among the most dangerous weather phenomena in New Mexico — partly because people don’t know that storms can be dangerous long before rain begins to fall and therefore don’t […]

Residents seek safety tips to prepare for severe weather

Mike Linn Residents of Portales have made frequent calls to city hall over the past two weeks, probing city officials about safety measures during turbulent weather patterns. Many of the questions involve the difference between a tornado warning and a tornado watch, and what it means when six strategically-placed sirens sound throughout the city. The […]

County recovers from severe weather

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Mike Linn Despite warnings of incoming severe weather, Thursday night storms fizzled out before reaching the area. “The closer it got to Clovis the weaker the system got,” said Curry County Emergency Management Director Ken De Los Santos. “I know a lot of people who saw the system said it looked really bad.” By the […]

Things seem strange on The Weather Channel

Jim Lee Well, here it is the first of June already. Time sure goes by quickly when you’ve been 39 for 19 years. It seems like only yesterday it was still May. As you may have guessed at this point, my hero is Jack Benny. But since Mr. Benny no longer makes those great television […]

Portales gets brief showers

Janet Bresenham By the time some long-awaited rainfall finally soaked the area Saturday afternoon and evening, it did its best to make up for lost time. While Portales received only a light rain Saturday, the National Weather Service radar in Albuquerque showed that the northeast part of Roosevelt County got inundated with up to 3 […]

Wind sparks grass fire

By Mike Linn A squall of wind knocked the roof off a barn and into an electric power line near Floyd on Thursday afternoon, sparking a fierce fire in a wheat field that quickly spread over 250 acres of land. Nobody was injured in the fire, and monetary damages to crop land was slim if […]

Dry weather plagues local farmers

By Mike Linn A lack of precipitation and plenty of wind-battered crop land has been concerning area farmers, causing some to parlay excessive amounts of water onto their fields from area agriculture wells. One Roosevelt County farmer, Colin Chandler, said he has already spent more money fixing water pumps this year than all of last […]