Sevilleta News

Fall Has Arrived

Aside from the first frost on the windshield in the morning, the second most defining indicator of the arrival of fall is when all the leaves of the mulberry trees coming raining down after the first real frost of the year. That was this morning (Nov 12)in my neighborhood. While Albuquerque had officially seen its first freeze back on Nov 6 the first leaf- clearing frost did not come until last night

October 2015 Met Central Summary - El Nino Seems To Be On Its Way

All right, that's the rain we have been waiting for. Weather-casters finally delivered on what they seemed to have been endlessly predicting. For a change the Sevilleta got it's fair share of the passing moisture. After a mostly dry start to the month a teaser storm on the 19th was the followed by a second act late on the 20th and this was followed by the main event on much of the 21st. A week later another small wave of storms added to November total. The average for the refuge was 53.5 mm (2.11") but totals at the met stations ranged from 37.8 mm to 80.3 mm.

September 2015 summary - A Second Dry Monsoon Month

September just never got the memo that fall was supposed to be on its way. There were a couple of cooler periods during the month but most of the month ran above average... or well above average. In fact the highest temperature on the Sev came on Sep 27th. The refuge-wide average daily high temperature only ran below normal on 3 days during the month.

Where is our Share of the Rain?

Deadly flood-producing rain in southern Utah, inches of rain in portions of SoCal. So where is our share. Granted the 5 minute rain storm yesterday afternoon dropped almost up to 0.2" of rain in some parts of Albuquerque but the total at the Sunport was only 0.04" bringing the official Albuquerque total to 0.10" (2.5 mm) for the month.

August 2015 Summary - Met Central - Driest August Yet

The seemingly promising monsoon just never developed... at least not at the Sevilleta. Despite sufficient moisture in the atmosphere for most of the month, convective thunderstorms could never seem to pass over the refuge. This resulted in a record dry August. There was actually measurable rain on the refuge on 18 days during the month but only one of them was greater than 10 mm and refuge-wide daily averages were all less than 5 mm.

Sevilleta LTER Overview

The Sevilleta LTER (SEV) studies fundamental ecological concepts and theories through a comprehensive and interdisciplinary research program guided by the general question:how do abiotic drivers and constraints affect the pulse dynamics and stability of aridland populations, communities and ecosystems?   We focus intensively on Chihuahuan desert grassland and shrubland, juniper savanna and pinon-juniper (PJ) woodland around the Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge in the Rio Grande Valley in central New Mexico. Read More