July, 2012

Quiet Times Continue

July 31st, 2012 at 10:33 pm by under Weather

Given that we don’t have much to talk about storm wise lets talk about a question I often get about El Nino.  With a developing El Nino doesn’t that mean a good monsoon season.  In fact, no it doesn’t.  We looked back at the last six monsoon seasons leading into an El Nino.  In three of those years 2010, 2006 and 1997 we were above average precip wise.  However, in 2004, 2002 and 1994 we were below average.  So what this tells us is an emerging El Nino does not necessarily help the summer monsoon flow.  We are sure see that this year.

The west and north will be favored for storms on Wednesday.  Central and eastern section will heat up and stay dry.  Bummer.


Photos: Car burns on I-40

July 31st, 2012 at 7:11 pm by under Photos

A car fire early this evening shut down part of Interstate 40 in Albuquerque.

The fire was reported shortly before 7 p.m. in the westbound lanes just west of the Carlisle Boulevard overpass.

The car is on the shoulder, and at least one traffic lane is blocked.

Additional details were not immediately available.

NMDOT image from NMRoads.com

 

NMDOT image from NMRoads.com

 

 


Branch field coming to University Stadium

July 31st, 2012 at 4:38 pm by under Sports

The new playing surface at University Stadium will be called Branch Field. Margaret and Turner Branch claimed naming rights with a 1.5 million dollar donation. More on KRQE News 13 at 5:30 and 10pm.


Pets In Black: Changing Their Future

July 31st, 2012 at 2:26 pm by under Latest Posts

The City of Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department is coordinating a special adoption event featuring pets in black at all city shelters: Eastside, Westside, and Lucky Paws.

The promotional event includes a 50 percent off any pets that have black fur (even if it’s just spots).

For locations of the Animal Welfare Shelters, visit www.cabq.gov/pets.


Excel asks for emergency electricity conservation

July 31st, 2012 at 2:08 pm by under Latest Posts

Excel Energy is asking its customers in Texas and New Mexico to reduce energy consumption for the rest of the day to reduce strain on its power grid.

Hot weather already had driven up demand for power, and a major generating unit was unexpectedly taken offline for repairs, according to a statement from the company.

The Associated Press reports the problem with the coal-fired generator has been fixed, but it will take some time to bring it up to full production.

Excel requested customers cut demand through 7 p.m. but turning off unneeded lights, computers and appliances, setting thermostats to 78 degrees Farhrenheit–85 degrees if leaving home–and waiting until after 7 p.m. to use major appliances and power equipment.

Demand for electricity routinely drops after 7 p.m., according to the company.

Excel serves customers most of east-central and southeastern New Mexico from Tucumcari, Clovis and Texico on the north to the Carlsbad and Hobbs areas on the south.

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