Winter '16 NM Blizzard

Moisture rotating up from the Gulf of Mexico fed a powerful blizzard that devastated Eastern New Mexico and West Texas the day after Christmas 2015, and then moved tp the Northeastern US to make others miserable.  

Here in Carlsbad we got about 14 inches of snow, and winds up to 40 mph that caused serious drifts, but farther north and east it was twice that, and even three times that, with winds up to 80 mph, depending on where you were.  Tens of thousands of cattle were killed by this storm.  

But here in Carlsbad it was just a pleasant deep snow that closed all highways into and out of the city for a couple of days.  An unusual storm for this area, yes, but shy of breaking the 19 inch snowfall record for the city.

Waking up the next day offered a look at a rather quiet and peaceful backyard and front yard and car buried in the white stuff:

 

 

Of course we had to disobey the "stay at home please" plea from local authorities and take a look around town, down by the Pecos River in the heart of town:

 

   

Downtown:

 

And back up to our neighborhood at the northeast end of town, passing the Pecos once more:

    

It was good to get home again, really.

The next morning found something staring at us, an alien maybe?  Neighbors have kids and took advantage to create this friendly snowman early in the morning under a bright sunny sky.  A few days later, he had melted!  So sad!

If you want to see more about the devastation this storm caused north and east of us, please go here (or search for the New Mexico-Texas blizzard, there were many news stories and photo pages posted in addition to this one):

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