Showers bring city 2.77 inches

July 30, 2014 • Local News

When the 2.77 inches of rain that fell from Monday night to Tuesday morning is added to the running total since the beginning of the year, Roswell is doing well above average with nearly 10 inches.

The Roswell International Air Center reported 2.77 inches of rain from Monday night through Tuesday morning, according to the National Weather Service in Albuquerque.

On Monday, 2.22 inches fell at the airport, while .55 inches was reported Tuesday morning.

“Roswell had a bunch of rain,” said Troy Marshall, a [auth] meteorologist technician for the NWS.

That was the most rainfall in a 24-hour period since May 24, when 4.4 inches of rain fell at the airport. Total precipitation so far this year is 9.71 inches. Marshall said this is good news, because the normal value for this time of year is 6.8 inches.

The precipitation varied widely depending where you live.

At East Country Club and Garden Street, 1.3 inches was reported. This number is very close to what the range gauge at the Roswell Daily Record picked up before midnight Monday, 1.18 inches.

One mile northwest of the city the rainfall was only .79 inches, Marshall said.

Though there was no hail or strong winds reported, lightning did cause some scattered power outages around the city.

An estimated 500 to 600 homes were without electricity Monday night, said Wes Reeves, an Xcel Energy spokesman based in Amarillo, Texas. He said several transformers in Roswell were zapped by lightning.

Reeves said local crews worked all night to get power back on and were relieved by Xcel workers from Clovis later in the day on Tuesday.

Reeves said there was a lot of mud that crews had to content with, which can sometimes make it take longer to get heavy equipment in place than it takes to complete the repairs.

By mid-afternoon Tuesday, about 20 or 30 customers were still without power in Roswell, but Reeves expected that everything would be back to normal by 6 p.m. or sooner.

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