The NM Department of Transportation reported several closures over multiple highways across the state. Schools were also affected. According to NM news sources, over 90 schools were affected by last week's storm. Here in Las Cruces, NMSU was closed at 10AM and the Las Cruces Public Schools let out early, allowing staff to leave after 1PM.
Weather station data from last week's storm shows that many locations across New Mexico recorded heavy snowfall. Other locations saw none at all. The following map shows CoCoRaHS snowfall amounts across the state.
Although the State Climatologist, Dr. Dave DuBois, was out of town during the storm, the staff at the climate center was able to capture images of the storm as it passed through Las Cruces.
|The NMSU weather station taken by Rebecca Britt-Armenta|
|Another view of the NMSU weather station by Rebecca Britt-Armenta|
|A neighborhood in Las Cruces by Stanley Engle|
|Another neighborhood in Las Cruces by Antonio Arredondo|
On Another Note
Several weeks ago, the students and staff of the NM Climate Center attended the American Meteorological Society's Annual Meeting in Phoenix, AZ. This year the theme of the conference was "Fulfilling the Vision of Weather, Water, and Climate Information for Every Need, Time, and Place." We arrived early on the weekend prior to the start of the full meeting to take the Python short course. As a Python programmer already, I attended the advanced Python short course, while my colleagues, Dr. Dave DuBios, Yizhi Zhao, and Rebecca Britt-Armenta attended the beginner course.
|Rebecca and Yizhi learning Python by Dr. Dave DuBois|
On the first Monday of the meeting, I attended the Fifth Symposium on Advances in Modeling and Analysis Using Python. The major takeaway from this symposium is that Python is here to stay in the atmospheric sciences. Later on Monday, we attended the exhibit presentations to see the latest and greatest technology available for the atmospheric sciences.
|A Davis Vantage Pro2 weather station by Stanley Engle|
|Rebecca, Dave, Stan and Yizhi at AMS Annual Meeting 2015|