Weather Reports

Welcome to Kathleen’s Deer Canyon weather & critter blog. Clicking on a title or a photo expands that entry into its own page and enlarges the photo, too.

For actual weather data (you know: numbers), check the Wunderground weather forecast from a station truly at DCP! Yes, one of our neighbors has a Weather Underground station in his/her yard, and it is very accurate for our local weather. Woo Hoo!

You can also check the Mesowest weather link, and NOAA's Mountainair weather forecast.

Also, NOAA’s chart of the New Mexico fall freeze dates.

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Phew

That was fast, as of course it would be. Most of the snow was gone by Sunday afternoon — amazing when you consider how much came down Friday night and Saturday. Yesterday morning the mountains had lovely snow on them but everywhere else was completely dry and spring-like. And today even the mountains are back to the usual unsnowy state.

Which is good, because, you know, it’s May!

Anti-Complacency

It’s snowing!

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Welcome Spring Rains

Yes, we have been dry for a while. But we’re not dry today!

Chillier, though. But who cares about that — it’s raining!

Don’t all faint — updated

A second update in less than a week — oh my gosh!

But I just have to say: it’s RAINING!!! Or hailing. Or something. Wet, and sticking to the window.

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Updated to add: rain, sleet, snow, whatevs. Ground is warm, so whatever it looks like in the air, it’s just dampening everything.

Tea on the porch

We have been having the most sublime weather: warm, sunny, without out usual spring bane (which shall of course not be named here, because … superstitious!).

I have been missing tea on the porch recently; a broken wrist right before Christmas, which made getting out with my tea, turned into a broken habit. About 2 weeks ago, on a Monday, I was having a late-ish tea on the porch and wondering at what sounded like a zillion birds who had somehow arrived overnight — when I realized I was hearing our first mockingbird of the season. A mockingbird singing is the very definition of spring, so our current amazing weather is no surprise. (I do realize we’ll be having cold snaps and overnight freezes still; had snow on May 14 a year or two ago; that’s spring too, of course.)

Anyway, made it outside with my tea at a reasonably early hour today — 8:15 am — and did not hear the mockingbird. But I saw the first house finch of the season (for me; remember I’ve been regrettably missing my tea on the porch time), and enjoyed the coolish but quite pleasant morning. It’s a touch hazy; I couldn’t see the three little dots that are the home of friends across the valley at the Red Bluffs. Still very beautiful outside today.

End of year treat (updated)

Rain!

Rain, rain, rain, rain, rain.

It’s been gently coming down for a couple of hours, and now the intensity has picked up a bit; maybe not a driving rain, but certainly a real soaker.

And boy, have we needed this!

So let’s let this rain cleanse away all the challenges of 2016 and nourish the ground for new growth in 2017. All of us, & Mountainair especially, are due for some good times!

Updated

Well, the rain has paused, of course, but we got nicely drenched first.

Tea on the porch just now, I’d say it’s index 4 out there. I was surprised how pleasant it was, still and sweet. A lovely last morning of the year.

Whoa, have I ever been lazy!

So, you know, we’ve been having summer and then fall weather all these many months.

And today we are having a true winter storm. It was raining very early this morning, but NOW it’s snow, nicely accumulating, and the temperatures are still dropping. Windy, too. Good times of a different kind.

Especially as cocoa will soon be served. It’s probably ToP Index #7, but the snow is right to the door (winds —> drifts), so most likely we’ll stay inside for our indulgence. (I’m still lazy & can’t be bothered with boots just to drink my cocoa!)

Good times

Cocoa on the porch today: special!

Comfortably cool, very light breeze, I’d say Index #1.

Listening to the very faraway sound of a train …


with difficulty, as two mockingbirds have decided to claim our homestead, and are battling it out in the nearest trees.

#goodtimes  #I_can_hear_you_roar_

Today’s Tea on the Porch Concert

brought to you by the Flying Kingdom.

Lead vocals: Mr Mockingbird

Backing vocals: Mr Spotted Towhee & Ms Canyon Towhee

Rhythm section: the Various Buzzers

Tea on the Porch Index: 1 & 1/2 (nudity not recommended, otherwise a number 1!)

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We got hailed upon & then we got rained upon. (Pretty sure that syntax is terrible; but it matches “the feels.”)

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That was around 5-ish this evening.

Trolled by El Niño

So, after a wet & chilly beginning to the winter, February was unusually warm and dry; then March was warm and dry; then April improved a bit, rain-wise and also was not so unseasonably warm (although most of the last week was very nicely spring-like: warm, sunny, breezy).

A week or so ago a storm dipped through southern Colorado and we cadged a bit of rain from it.

Then late this past week, some more storms moved our way.

Thursday night & Friday we had brief rains. Saturday morning we woke up to a well-watered garden and snow on the Manzanos.

Sunday morning there was a touch of snow on the ground here; we didn’t see this because we were in Rio Rancho, but we saw bits of the snow on our deck when we got home yesterday afternoon.

Then last evening we started up again with snow.

And this morning, there are maybe two inches out there. The ground is warm, so bare dirt just looks wet. But the deck, the trees, all greened up vegetation — it’s all snowed upon.

We’re still in the clouds and the mountains are just peeking out, but even the foothills are clearly snowy.

Spring Rains (updated)

Not a thing of the past — a thing of today!

(Last Friday we awoke to a dusting of snow. As it was April Fool’s Day, I thought I’d publish that we were snowed in. But by the time I made it to the computer, the snow, such as it was, had disappeared. Oh well.)

Until today, we’ve had 2 months of dry, frequently windy, often warmer than expected weather. The El Niño winter mostly passed us by. Much of New Mexico is back in mild drought conditions, quite different from the situation in early January.

So we’re very happy with today’s frequent gentle rains. More! we want more!

UPDATE: Forgot to mention: we were already greening up. This should kick it into overdrive.

Okay, now it’s just weird

It’s 50° out, and it’s snowing. Or hailing. Or something.

And windy, of course.

(This won’t last long.) 

Long time no weather

Well, of course there’s been weather. But the weather hasn’t been getting my attention. 

The big snows from late December, early January, slowly slowly disappeared; I think a fair amount actually melted into the ground for once.

We started February quite cold and breezy. Then, for the past 2 weeks it has been unseasonably warm — 60s in the days, mid-30s or more overnight. And dry, our weather has been amazingly dry all month.

Not today, though! A little storm the forecasters kept saying wouldn’t amount to much has arrived and it’s snowing! We’re covered in white again already.

Meanwhile, due to the recent warm spell, my tulips are starting up & I’ll need to cover them for the predicted lows tonight. I started pruning shrubs on Saturday; I had to switch over to short sleeves! The garden is ready to grow. Oh, and under the gravel the dirt was still soft from the snowpack melting in so slowly, so I was able to uproot a few unwelcome volunteers simply by pulling. That was fun.

Snowpocalypse!

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We have it!

The snow arrived yesterday, as advertised, although it did show up an hour or two earlier than predicted, so we were running errands in Mountainair in slick conditions, when we thought we’d be home before the craziness started. (Being out in questionable weather is actually a Clute tradition, alas.)

Quite windy last night. Still snowing today. Our guess is that we have about 15 inches of snow, but it is hard to tell because of the drifts everywhere.

For your amusement:


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We believe the snow piled on the small table is what fell,
as opposed to what has blown in.


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You can hang with us on our porch anytime! If where you are is just too warm.
Tea on the porch index is probably 8, as long as you don’t mind standing.


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Cattle snacking on four-wing saltbush.


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Tex arriving for a drink.
(He licked up the snow from the top of the barrel,
but that picture doesn’t really show him off.)

Oh: it is still snowing. We’re not out of it yet.

PS: we’ve had warm temps & rain — & cooler temps & dry — & cooler temps & smaller snows — off & on over the past month. I figured if I don’t blog this one, I may as well throw in the towel! Not quite finished with this blog yet, I guess.

The blessing of rain

to begin Thanksgiving. It’s early, it’s really raining out there, and it’s 47°. 

The cold part is supposed to arrive later tonight. So we’ll hope the blessing of safe travels graces everyone, wherever you are heading!

Yesterday we had actual weather

In the form of rain, wind, & snow!

I’d guess that about an inch or so came down. We were in ABQ for the day, so we missed the event, but found everything covered once we came up the pass.

Right now it is just shy of 40° and mostly sunny, so there is a touch of melting going on. It is also breezy — true New Mexico breezy!

Nearly unprecedented up-to-the-minute weather report updated

It’s snowing! And windy! and the snow is sticking!

(Now back to regularly scheduled cook hot breakfast time.)

Update, 10:25 am: Although the snow did come down strongly for a bit, and ultimately left a light covering of snow everywhere, now the sun has come out & we once again have just a hint of snow in just a few widely scattered patches. Interesting weather day. The wind is still going strong (of course).

Woo hoo!

A whopping 35° on the porch! Clouds ringing the mesas and mountains, but the sun is shining on our front yard. We’re pretty sure it dropped below freezing overnight, and there was some precipitation, so there are scattered small patches of …

snow!

Really not enought to call snow, though. Oh well. Most of what I see in the sunshine is green.

But there are tiny tiny patches of …

snow!

Behind the times

By a lot!

We had very interesting storms come through a week & a half ago, and then another system was here yesterday. At this point, we are soggy.

On Tuesday, 10/20, wet weather kicked off with an intense hailstorm and continued through the next day. From that, our gauge measured 2.1 inches of rain. Yes, you read that right. I think that’s the most I’ve ever seen in the rain gauge at one time.

Your hosts went to California; so I can’t really say what happened last weekend. I believe it was dry, at least.

Thursday the wet weather returned, with a few half-hearted sprinkles in the afternoon and then beginning in earnest in the evening. It rained soft showers off & on through last evening. And… we have another 1.35 inches of rain in the gauge.

Like I said, we’re soggy. The clouds have lifted, there is just a bit of light fog over the valleys, and the Manzano peaks are dressed in snow.

It is so not summer anymore.


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