Cold front moving into the area tonight but mild day today. So far we are above average in precipitation going into the end of the month in Las Cruces. Total rainfall recorded at the NMSU weather station in 2012 is 0.75 inches. The 30-year (1981-2010) average for the month of January is 0.53 inches. Rain events in January include 0.67 inches on the 9th, 0.01 inch on the 10th, and 0.07 inch on the 25th. Rainfall across New Mexico this month has been spotty with the plains and parts of the booheel receiving little if no rain. Below is a map from the Western Regional Climate Center showing percent of normal precipitation for the month of January as of today.
Recall that in December 2011 the NMSU station received 1.52 inches of precipitation which was 0.72 inches above the 30-year average.
Below are this morning's observations at a couple NWS Cooperative weather stations.
Station High(F) Normal Low(F) Normal Record Low PrecipNMSU 63 62 32 30 17 (1965) 0.00"
Antelope Wells 67 63 31 28 15 (2011) 0.00"
The AQI forecast shows our good air quality over the border region.