Less Warmth So Far This Year
POSTED: Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - 9:44am
UPDATED: Thursday, April 1, 2010 - 4:19pm
Warming weather on the way through the end of this work week though we'll see a cool down for the weekend. Figures that this cooler weather will be with us on Saturday, the first day of Spring. Interestingly enough, we've yet to hit 80 degrees so far in 2010 and it doesn't look like we'll see any 80s over the next week (though we may come close on Friday). The warmest day so far this year has been March 13th, where we topped out at 76 degrees at the El Paso International Airport. By this time last year, we had reached 80 degrees plus 6 times; with the warmest day thus far in 2009 being 85 degrees on March 3rd. This March has been off to a cool start, with our average temperature about 1.5 degrees below the 30 year normal through yesterday.
Increased Flood Threat
Big Winter snows and consistent El Niño influenced rain storms have put a good chunk of the nation under an increased flood risk. Flooding has already begun across the upper Midwest, especially along the Red River valley. With warming temperatures, the flood threat will continue to increase. This threat includes our local area thanks to an above average snow pack in the New Mexico mountains. Be careful when traveling in mountain areas over the next few months. Possible swollen creeks/rivers/drainage ditches as a result of an active winter. Mountain roads may also be dangerous thanks to mud and damage caused by the extra rain/snow we've seen this winter.
NOAA's National Weather Service Flood Outlook: