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 […]

Wind causes second power outage

Freedom New Mexico High winds caused another power outage Friday afternoon in Clovis, according to Xcel spokesman Wes Reeves. The outage lasted for about two hours and affected 1,141 customers, Reeves said. He said power was restored around 1:30 p.m. Reeves said a cross arm on a power pole had to be repaired on Norris […]

Dealing with spring winds a breeze

By Grant McGee: Freedom columnist As I write this the wind is buffeting The Stucco Hacienda. There’s whistling around the windows, the trees out front are rocking, I see mighty clouds of dust — probably carried here from as far away as Roswell and the Pecos Valley. I can safely say the time of our […]

Friday morning briefing: A youth survey and high winds

Good morning. It’s the Freedom New Mexico Friday morning briefing.

Region wakes up to snow

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico It just might be a white Christmas on the High Plains. An overnight storm brought blowing and drifting snow to the area Thursday, making roads slick and dangerous. About an inch of snow fell overnight. The National Weather Service is predicting high winds — 30 mph to 40 mph […]

Storm causes 2 deaths, outages, damage

Freedom New Mexico Wind gusts of more than 60 mph Tuesday downed power lines and damaged several buildings in Clovis. But unlike deadly consequences in other parts of New Mexico, no injuries were reported in the region. The storm, packing powerful winds, was blamed for two traffic-related deaths on Monday and damage to White Sands […]

Expect strange weather mix

Expect a real mix of weather Tuesday. Most of eastern New Mexico awoke to frost, then sunshine and then snow. The National Weather Service says through late morning a cold front will continue to cross the south central mountains and southeast plains with a quick burst of wind… heavy snow and even a few thunderstorms. […]

High wind warning

The National Weather Service in albuquerque has issued a high wind warning in effect from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday. West to southwest winds of 35 to 45 m.p.h. with gusts up to 60 or 65 m.p.h. are expected. The strongest winds are expected across Guadalupe, DeBaca and Chaves counties. Blowing dust is possible, […]

Sept. 9, 1970

The Portales News Tribune gave a local forecast of: increasing cloudiness through the day; partly cloudy that night and the next day; occasional showers or thunderstorms late that day and over the south the following day; gusty winds late that day; cooling trend that night and the following one; Portales low of 60 that day, […]

High winds cause damage in Roosevelt County

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Clarence Plank Roosevelt County and city of Portales residents were running for cover Friday after a severe storm brought high winds estimated to have reached 75 mph by the National Weather Service. The storm blew down trees, power lines and a sign, and took the roof off of two buildings in Portales.Roosevelt County Emergency Management […]

Kites color skies over Cannon

Cannon Connections photo: Heather Bumguardner William Epperson and his family just arrived in New Mexico and took a day to enjoy kite flying, games and food. In the spring winds, professional kite flyers, games and more helped get things off the ground at Cannon Air Force Base’s sixth annual Kite Karnival on April 18 at […]