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February 2021 Arctic Blast and Deep Freeze

After a warm start to February, an arctic airmass invaded the state starting on February 9th. Initially, this arctic air only impacted portions of northeast and east central New Mexico, but with time, the front pushed farther and farther into the state, eventually spilling into the Rio Grande Valley. In addition to the long duration of sub-freezing temperatures, dangerously cold wind chills were also noted across much of central and eastern New Mexico. The graphs below note the consecutive hours below freezing, and below zero, as well as the wind chill for select central and eastern New Mexico locations.  Click on any graph for a larger view. 

 

                                           Albuquerque                                                                                    Clovis

Consecutive Hours Below Freezing at Albuquerque, NMConsecutive Hours Below Freezing at Clovis, NM

                                              Clayton                                                                                       Las Vegas

Consecutive Hours Below Freezing at Clayton, NMConsecutive Hours Below Freezing at Las Vegas, NM

                                              Roswell                                                                                          Raton

Consecutive Hours Below Freezing at Roswell, NMConsecutive Hours Below Freezing at Raton, NM

                                              Santa Fe                                                                                      Tucumcari 

Consecutive Hours Below Freezing at Santa Fe, NMConsecutive Hours Below Freezing at Tucumcari, NM