It’s a beautiful start to the day with temperatures in the 50s and 60s, for most parts of the state. Clear and sunny skies will stretch from our morning hours through afternoon this will help temperatures climb well above average. Most of the state will stay dry. There is only a slight chance for mountain storms this afternoon. Over the next few days, we’ll remain mainly dry with only a few spot showers and storms possible. No more ongoing, drenching rainfall for the state. Today will be mostly sunny to partly cloudy skies and highs near 85°. Tonight will be mostly clear and cool with lows near 63°.
Time for the five things you need to know before you go this morning.
5. An inmate is now suing the state corrections department saying he can’t worship Satan properly. Bernard Pritchard wants $140,000 in damages, too. The state isn’t talking about the suit, but says it does what it can to accommodate inmates. Some followers of a viking religion are allowed to use a small version of Thor’s hammer made out of cardboard in ceremonies.
4. President Obama is leading a special UN Security Council meeting in New York today specifically to talk about stopping fighters from joining ISIS and other terrorist groups.
3. In Albuquerque, the trial of a former APD sergeant accused of vehicular homicide has started. Yesterday, Lindsey Browder testified she remembers driving her sister Ashley home, then waking up in a hospital and learning Ashley died in the crash. Causaus says he was going after a suspected drunk driver, but prosecutors say there’s no evidence to support it.
2. Here’s some good news with all the flooding in Eddy county. A lot of county roads could re-open today now that they’re drying out, especially ones to oil and gas fields. But others will take months to fix, particularly the Callaway and San Jose bridges in Carlsbad. The county hasn’t said how much it’ll cost to fix everything.
1. Expect isolated showers in the evening.
Strengthening high-pressure to our Northwest will lock out the majority of the state from showers over the next couple days. There is a chance to get a few storms going Over mountain sections and across the south but nothing all that widespread.
As we had toward the weekend changes will begin to set up. A strong Pacific storm system will head toward the mountain west. Yesterday model showed this big trough skimming the northern portion of the state. But if you look at today’s models they are singing a totally different tune. It appears now that the storm will slide too far to the north to give us much of anything other than maybe some occasionally gusty winds.
After another day of VERY heavy rain in the SW and SE yesterday, we will finally start to get a break. Today will still hold a small chance for scattered light showers for the southern half of the state but no heavy rain is expected. Near the metro area we’ll stay dry and comfortable. Partly cloudy skies with highs near 83 degrees. Over the next few days we’ll see more dry weather and sunny conditions. It will be a great rest of the week.
5. Henry the Tortoise is going home today. He wandered away from The Jurassic Pet Store near Cerrillos Road and St. Francis Drive in Santa Fe, then ended up in an animal shelter. After he was recovered, it was learned that Henry’s been a regular fixture at the shop for about the past decade. Welcome home, Henry!
4. Internationally this morning, the United States and five Arab allies are now bombing ISIS strongholds in Syria. They launched the strikes overnight. They come as world leaders gather for the United Nations General Assembly in New York to talk about how to defeat the terror group.
3. People in southeastern New Mexico hard hit by flooding have been advised to boil their water. The state has issued a precautionary boil water advisory near the Pecos River, just to be on the safe side. The state is encouraging people to boil water for five minutes before cooking or cleaning with it, or drinking it, or use bottled water.
2. Heavy rain over the past few days have caused a lot of flooding in Carlsbad and Eddy County. Today schools in Eddy County are open, after closing yesterday because of the flooding. Dozens of people had to be rescued from the rushing water. People in the area say this is the worst flooding they’ve seen in a decade.
1. It’ll be mostly sunny with a high near 85 today, and a 10 percent chance for isolated showers and thunderstorms with a southwest wind around 5 mph.
Tonight it’ll be partly cloudy, with a low around 56 , and a southwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.