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Thursday, August 31, 2006

More Rain - 8/31/06

Parts of Las Cruces received at least 1.9 inches during the night.

Here you can see a rain storm rolling across the Organ Mountains.

One consequence of rain is dazzling sunsets:


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Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Doña Ana County Declared Disaster Area

The Federal Government has just declared Doña Ana County a disaster area.

The most recent flooding hit Radium Springs hard, which is just north of Las Cruces.

Radium Springs is the site of Fort Selden, which was an active fort from 1866-1877 and from 1881-1891.

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Organ Mountains

The Organ Mountains lie East of Las Cruces, running NNW. In the satellite image below, Las Cruces is marked by the light area. The Organ Mountains are marked by the black outline. You can clearly see the green Mesilla Valley.

A friend once said it's impossible to take a bad picture of the Organ Mountains. I think that's true. Judge for yourself:

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Sunday, August 27, 2006

Rain, Rain, Rain ...

The big news in Las Cruces, and all of southern New Mexico, is rain - and flooding! The yearly average for Las Cruces is about 6.5 inches. So far this year, the Weather Service has reported 9.7 inches.

But many local areas have had much more rain than that, some by 3 or 4 inches. It is quite common for rain to fall heavily in very localized areas. Here's an example, taken today at sunset, looking over Las Cruces to the West.

The flooding has been severe in Hatch, New Mexico, and in some of the areas surrounding Las Cruces.

Hatch is famous for its green chiles -- in fact, few in New Mexico doubt that Hatch produces the finest chiles in the world.

Have the chiles been harmed?

So far, not too much. But prices are already higher.

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