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Ruidoso and Lincoln County fare in precipitation in 2018


Dianne L Stallings, Ruidoso News

Published 12:50 p.m. MT Jan. 2, 2019 | Updated 1:28 p.m. MT Jan. 2, 2019

Wet summer and year-end snowstorms saved the 2018 statistics

December ended 2018 on a high note when it came to precipitation.

Todd Shoemake, meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said the average snowfall depth for Ruidoso in December is 9.4 inches, which equates to 24.9 inches at the Grindstone weather station.

Many people are reported to be 30 inches to 40 inches in the days after Christmas in different sections of the village and other communities in Lincoln County.

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For the year, Shoemake said the area fared well in precipitation, surpassing the 20.45-inch average to hit 22.41 inches without data from January and February of 2018, when the old station was down and no information was available. The new station is located at the village's Grindstone water plant.

Alyssa Clements, a meteorologist so with the NWS office in Albuquerque, said Wednesday the major impact of a storm in the northern part of the state bypassed Ruidoso and the area should begin to warm. The next possibility for precipitation will be Sunday in Monday with rain in the valleys and high mountain snow, she said.

According to reports early in 2018, the streamflow forecast for June of the Rio Ruidoso at the Hollywood Flow Gauge near the city's border with the city of Ruidoso Downs, is mirroring similar dry conditions across New Mexico.

A snowplow fights flurries to keep roads open. (Photo: Courtesy / Ruidoso Police Department)

The estimate was contained in the Jan. 1, 2018, New Mexico Basin Outlook Report prepared by the Natural Resources Conservation Service office in Albuquerque.

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"Year-to-date precipitation is at 32 percent of average, and the Rio Hondo received only 19 percent of the average rainfall in December (2017)," the report issued early in 2018 stated. Snowpack is at a very low 6 percent of the median, which is a decrease of 47 percent from (2017) at this time. "

At that point, the village has received a lot of snow and a few days before Christmas 2017. Fortunately, the following is a lot of snowstorms, which are correct, is a pattern that should continue into early 2019.

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