Sevilleta News

September 2014 Met Central - Thanks Hurricane Odile.

Hurricanes to the rescue. Moisture associated with Hurricane Odile contributed much of the September moisture at the Sevilleta. The refuge, average total for the month was 57.8 mm; of this 42.4 mm fell during the 3 day period of Sep 15-17. This makes September the wettest month of 2014 so far. It is also the 5th wettest September in Sev LTER's 26-year record.

Hurricanes can be our friends

Hurricanes can be our friends. Actually the remnants of hurricanes can be our friends. This is the time of the year that Pacific hurricanes sometime come to the southwest to die. Moisture carried by or directed by these tropical storms can have a big impact on our fall moisture. Of course sometimes they miss us and drop all of their moisture in other areas. This was particularly the case with Hurricane Norbert. It dropped inches of rain in Arizona but did little for NM. Hurricane Odile looked more promising. Big flooding rain amounts were predicted for much of New Mexico.

August 2014 Met Central - Vegetation on Mckenzie Flats Explodes

The good news is that there were lots of days during August with precipitation somewhere on the refuge - 18 days. The bad news was that this precipitation was often limited in amount as well as in area upon which it fell. The refuge-wide average was 38.1 mm (long-term average is 42.3 mm). The northern portion of McKenzie Flats got the largest amount of rain with the partial met station near Black Butte getting 69 mm. The South Gate station on the east side came in with only 23.6 mm.

2014 REU Symposium - August 8, 2014 at UNM Sevilleta Field Station

The REU Symposium is this Friday, August 8th!

The students have been working hard these past 11 weeks and would love it for you all to come and listen to what they have been up to. The symposium starts at 8:45am and runs to about 3:00pm. We are providing refreshments and lunch. Talks will be held in the SERF Conference Room.

This year there are 14 Biology REU students presenting their independent research projects and 2 Art in Ecology REUs presenting the art they have produced over the summer.

It should be a great event!

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July 2014 - Met Central - Bimodal July Precipitation

Sevilleta's monsoon arrived late. Actually monsoon level moisture arrived early but refused to fall from the sky in sufficient quantities until late in the month. There were numerous small to medium shots of rain for the first half of the month. This was followed by a hot and dry spell. Wetter and more wide-spread storms returned for the last 3 days of the month. These not only "officially" started the monsoon but also pushed the average rainfall for the month past normal.

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