April 13th - A surprise snow storm hit early Saturday morning and lasted all day, with brief periods of sun. A total of 1/2" of snow fell and added 1/4" of moisture, which was much needed, as winds have been high with blowing dust since March. A pleasant warm up will begin Sunday and improve throughout the week, hopefully bringing an end to this long, cold winter.
I guess spring is here. We've had wind and cold snaps this month with more expected in the coming weeks. Powerful storms left crews from the electric co-op working from sunrise until after sunset for weeks to restore power. Bless these men and women who worked so hard for our mountain community. All areas were without power for at least 2 days while others had to endure for over a week.
A cold snap this week brought snow and ice and a lot of downed trees throughout the Cloudcroft area. Power was out for two days. Fortunately for those with generators, as temperatures dropped into the teens, were definitely needed. A big thanks for all the linemen who worked day and night to get power up and running. The community really came together, posting on our Facebook page under "Cloudcroft Community", helping those in need and keeping everyone updated.
Spring like weather is here, along with the wind, which has been strong and blowing all through February. We have had a great deal of snow, almost 40 inches, this winter season and it's not unheard of for more in March and April.
The State of New Mexico recently passed a bill to do away with Daylight Savings or to stay on Daylight Savings time permanently. Either way would be great but It still has to be approved before enacted. Enjoy spring and looking forward to summer!
February is approaching a little warmer & milder than January. Snow is still around but slowly melting. The pond was frozen all thru January & just starting to partially thaw. The ducks did well & managed to stay in the thawed area, which was really small at times. We had a good amount of snow this season with almost 34" (getting back to our norm). This is only the 19th time since the late 1800's that the ground hog did NOT see his shadow, so an early spring it will be (only 4 more weeks of winter instead of 6).
We finally hit a whopping 25.6 inches of snow the last few days in December. Hwy 82 was closed coming up from Alamogordo. This storm caused a lot of havoc in CCW as well. A lot of people tried to enter the subdivision with 2 wheel drive vehicles & were unable to get in due to the snow and ice. Until the maintainer was able to plow the roads, many of our helpful residents tirelessly helped get people in and out safely & helped clear driveways.
While our friendly neighbors with plows are willing to help in an emergency, they do not want to be expected to plow every time. Please have someone lined up to open your driveways when needed. If you have family or renters coming in, advise them that it is a must to have chains or 4 wheel drive vehicles.
This may be another good season for snow accumulation, be prepared!
Sorry for the delay, I was waiting to see what this weather pattern was going to bring us. Unfortunately, very light in the snow department thus far. All indications point to a cold, wet winter, just not sure when or where yet. Ski Cloudcroft will be open all winter with tubing runs (improved & ready to go). The ice skating rink will be open as well. Winter fun is still around for all to enjoy! Have a Merry Christmas and a safe and Happy New Year.
For the first time in 7 years, we had snow in October - 1 inch on the 31st to be exact. Actually, this summer and fall have proven to be pretty good on rainfall as well. If the predicted El Nino is accurate, we should experience a colder & wetter winter season.
After a long wait for baby ducklings, we finally got 10 this October. However, only 1 has survived. We're hoping this baby stays protected and hangs around for a very long time.
Fall has got to be the most beautiful time of the year. Leaves are beginning to change and the weather is cooling down. We're expecting El Nino to bring a colder, wetter winter this season to make up for last winter, our driest season ever. We look forward to every season in Cloudcroft. Well....because it's Cloudcroft, the best place to be anytime of the year. Who doesn't love it here?
July and August finally brought in the moisture we desperately needed. September 1st suddenly brought cooler, cloudy & rainy weather bringing an end to summer & beginning of fall. A prediction of an El Nino winter, fallen acorns, & early fall, all bring the promise of a cold, wet winter with plenty of snow this year. Enjoy the fall temperatures & changing of the leaves.
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