McGee: Eastern New Mexico’s high winds make an impression on newcomers

High winds cause power outages

Sunday morning’s high winds caused 198 power outages in Clovis and 27 outages in Portales, according to Wes Reeves, spokesmen for Xcel Energy for Texas and New Mexico. A report issued 6:10 p.m. Sunday by the National Weather Service in Albuquerque covering the previous 25 hours listed the following peak gusts in Curry and Roosevelt [...]

Massive fire 90 percent contained (Updated)

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Freedom New Mexico Firefighters from more than 30 departments struggled most of Sunday to contain a massive grass fire that erupted near Melrose and quickly spread through Curry and Roosevelt counties, damaging homes and forcing several evacuations near Clovis and Portales. The fire started about 11:30 a.m. after a tire on a vehicle blew out [...]

In times of fear, put trust in Lord

The March spring winds roared like the proverbial lion, but that’s how it is in eastern New Mexico. My husband was in Oklahoma to help our middle son build a barn. It became my job to feed Lady, a beautiful sorrel mare that seemed more like a person than a horse. Twice a day I [...]

High wind warning through Friday

The National Weather Service in Albuquerque has issued a Red Flag warning, which is in effect from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday. Sustained 20 foot winds of 20 mph or higher with gusts exceeding 35 mph are expected. The strongest winds are expected along I-40 from Clines Corners to Santa Rosa. Critical fire weather [...]

Press release: The National Weather Service issues wind advisory

The National Weather Service in Albuquerque has issued a wind advisory which is in effect from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (MST) today. This includes Curry and Roosevelt Counties. West Winds 25 to 35 mph with gusts up to 50 mph. Wind speeds will increase by mid morning. The strongest winds are expected during the [...]

Interest in wind power picking up

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Alisa Boswell Wind and its power is old stuff to eastern New Mexico residents. But there is a new push to harness that power and turn it into a valuable energy resource. Plans for a new 150 megawatt wind farm — the second in Roosevelt County — were revealed earlier this week by Terra-Gen Power [...]

Winds cause damage throughout area

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Winds peaking at speeds of around 60 mph caused damage around Portales on Monday morning, but slowed in the afternoon. Brent Wachter, meteorologist at the National Weather Service office in Albuquerque, said winds at Cannon Air Force Base peaked at 59 mph, while the Clovis weather station registered a [...]

Portales Past: May 11, 1910

May 11, 1910: A 12-year-old Portales boy was struck by falling brick at a construction site. Officials said high winds likely were responsible for the accident. The boy was expected to recover “without complications,” the Roosevelt County Herald reported.

Area under red flag warning

Freedom New Mexico A red flag warning is in effect for eastern New Mexico Tuesday. Relative humidity is 15 percent or lower with sustained winds of 20 miles per hour, with the National Weather Service warning of fire danger. A release from the NWS said winds will be strong enough to lift loose objects and [...]