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.
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.