Temperatures continued to run high during early February with 2
new daily high temperature records set on the 1st and 4th.
Temperatures dropped back into more seasonal levels after the middle
of the month. Mean daily highs, night-time lows and consequently daily
means still ran well above average but not as much as Jan and December.
During January there was only a slight reduction in the warm and dry
trend that has been the case through most of this winter. However some
of the coldest days of the winter came during the middle of January
but overall the temperatures ran above normal during the early part of the month
and again at the end. With the continuing dry conditions the daytime
highs again ran mostly higher than normal while the nighttime lows ran
La Nina continues to rule. As in November, New Mexico and most of the southwest spent most of December locked under a great big high
pressure dome. Consequently temperatures soared and precipitation was negligible. The 55 degree F average daily high temperature ran 6 degrees F warmer than the normal daily high temperature of 49 degrees
F. This ties 1995 as the warmest average daily high temperature in the past 29 years. Seven out of the last eight days of the month set new
La Nina rules! New Mexico and most of the desert soutwest spent most of November locked under a great big high pressure dome. Consequently
October at the Sev was certainly warmer and generally drier than
normal. Daytime highs saw over 2/3 of the days running warmer than
normal across the refuge. Many days had a met station with a daytime
high well into the 80's. Oct. 6 had a daily maximum temperature of 88
F, setting a new daily high temperature record. Overall,the daily
daytime average highs ran about 2.3 degrees F warmer that normal.
September weather news from the Sevilleta paled in comparison with that from other
places around the country, particularly in comparison to TX, FL and
the Caribbean. - more below.
The September, Sevilleta weather story was a tale of warm and dry early and cool
and moist by the end of the month. Average daily high temperatures
ran above and or well above normal for the first 23 days of Sep. Then
August finally brought some cooler temperatures to the refuge . Average daily
high temperature, average night time lows and daily average
temperatures all ran slightly below normal for August. There were
actually 3 days with new daily record low temperatures.
July turned out to be a relatively average month in regards to both
temperature and precipitation . Temperatures during the first 2 weeks
of the month mostly ran above normal for daytime high temperatures but then the last
portion of the month ran only slightly warmer or slightly cooler for the entire period.
Average day time high temperatures ran almost 1 degree F higher than normal but average night
June started out a little cooler than normal but than popped up into
the warmer than normal range for much of the early half of June.
There was an 8-day period from Jun 17 til Jun 24 with temperatures
exceeding the 100 degree F mark somewhere on the refuge. Four of these
were new daily highs. Temperatures dropped back down during the last
eight days of the month which is usually the very hottest time of
Okay, we have a winner!
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