Saturday, May 3, 2008

When it Rains in New Mexico…

Near Truth or Consequences, the place (and the concept)

From Clovis Weather:
“The annual average precipitation at Clovis is 18.50 Inches. Rainfall is fairly evenly distributed throughout the year. The wettest month of the year is August with an average rainfall of 3.43 Inches.”

Our last rain was on April 9th, when I woke up to thunder and lightning and the delicious smell of rain sweeping across the plains. Rain is a big event here, in a place where the sun shines an average of 335 days a year .

Here are some photos of rainfall and its effects that I’ve taken around the state. The first two were taken in Clovis during a September downpour, the third in Old Town Albuquerque in August, and the fourth shows what landed in a Las Cruces arroyo after a big storm--I wish we could read that sign.

The last three photos were taken when we were on our way to see some property that overlooked Elephant Butte Lake which was, ironically, very empty that year. We wisely chose not to go through the water over the road, luckily taking our cue from the fellow who was waiting it out on the other side. The last photo shows what was going on under all the water on an upper unpaved section of the same road. We decided against building a house up there.

1 comment:

Towanda said...

Great pictures, clair! I love rainy days, but some of those look a little too intense.