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Severe Thunderstorm Threat Over The Eastern U.S., Critical Fire Weather Likely Over The Southwest

A cold front will bring the threat for scattered strong to severe thunderstorms from the Mid Atlantic to New England into Saturday morning. Some of the storms could produce damaging winds and locally heavy rainfall. Dangerously hot and dry conditions will persist over the Desert Southwest this weekend. Critical fire weather conditions likely. Read More >

 Central Highlands
March-April-May Precipitation

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Precipitation is generally increased more in spring than in winter during El Niño events across the central highlands, except at Elk 2E. For five of the seven strong El Niño events, precipitation was above normal at Ruidoso, but only three of the seven strong events in Estancia 4N and Elk 2E had above normal precipitation.  

A description of the graphs is located at the bottom of the page.  

spring precip for estancia during el nino events 
Percent of Longterm Average for all El Niño Events = 130%  , for strong El Niño Events =  136%
spring precip for ruidoso during el nino events 
 Percent of Longterm Average for all El Niño Events = 128% , for strong El Niño Events = 161%
spring precip for elk during la nina events 
 Percent of Longterm Average for all El Niño Events = 109% , for strong El Niño Events = 131%

Precipitation values for 3-month periods during 18 El Niño Events since 1949-50 are plotted with respect to the long term precipitation average, listed to the right of the graph.  The precipitation totals for each 3-month period are plotted above or below each bar.  Years for which the El Niño Event was considered to be strong are colored in dark green. "M" represents a 3-month period with missing data. Finally, the percents of long term normal for all El Niño events and for the strong El Niño events are listed below each graph.