Hail blankets northeastern NM town

July 5, 2013 • State News

SANTA ROSA, N.M. (AP) — More thunder[auth] storms are forecast for northeastern New Mexico through the weekend, but no one is expecting a repeat of the massive hail storm that pelted the city of Santa Rosa.

A storm brought more than a foot of hail to the city on Wednesday. Some motorists were stranded by the wintery white drifts that had accumulated on the streets within about 20 minutes.

Residents and business owners also reported roof damage that was caused by the marble-sized hail, but authorities had no reports of injuries.

Forecasters with the National Weather Service in Albuquerque said Thursday that storms like the one that hit Santa Rosa aren’t rare.

They say the amount and size of hail a storm produces depends on atmospheric flows at the time as well as the temperature of the air.

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