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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